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AJ McLean flaunts a cut figure amid sobriety transformation

AJ McLean is celebrating a milestone on his sobriety journey. The Backstreet Boys member posted two body transformation photos taken a year apart on Instagram, showing his sobriety progress. In the photos, “dad bod” McLean poses with two peace signs alongside more muscular images of him getting pumped in the gym.

“Found the pic left from a year ago on vacation,” McLean captioned his Sept. 1 post, “and wow it’s amazing what a little dedication and fixation many goals can do for a person. The journey is far from over, however. This is just the beginning!” The “I Want It That Way” singer encouraged others to adopt a healthy lifestyle, writing, “Let’s go! If I can do it, so can you!”

During an episode of his Pretty messed up podcast on December 6, he shared that he was about to celebrate his one year sobriety anniversary. December 2022 will mark McLean’s third year of sobriety. “As long as I keep my side of the street clean, I can’t worry about keeping your side of the street clean,” he said, podcast co-host and former Dancing with the stars partner Cheryl Burke. “And everything went well. I feel a lot better.”

His first experience with drugs occurred just hours before the Backstreet Boys’ music video was filmed for their single “The Call” from their 2000s album. black and blue. The banding boy said his bandmates confronted him months later about his sudden behavioral changes, with Kevin Richardson warning: ‘I’ll never trust you again. You’re dead to me’ unless he receives treatment. The star has sought sobriety for nearly two decades.

During an interview with Tamron Hall in November 2020, the singer opened up about how his daughter Lyric inspired him to give up alcohol and drugs. “‘You don’t smell like my daddy,'” he said, the 3-year-old told him one evening. “That was it,” McLean said. “There is no bottom in my world of your own child telling you that you don’t smell like his father.”

In an interview with hello america in October 2020, McLean described his “turning point”. After returning from a trip to Las Vegas and witnessing his family’s reaction to the smell of alcohol on him, the entertainer decided to get sober. He shares his daughters Lyric, 5, and Elliot, 9, with his wife, Rochelle DeAnna. “My wife could smell it on my breath,” McLean said. “And my youngest of my two daughters wouldn’t sit with me.” He added, “There’s too much to live for today. My beautiful kids, my wonderful wife, my career, my brothers. I’ve never felt more grounded than I do today.”