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AJ Mclean shows off her cut figure amid sobriety transformation

AJ McLean marks a milestone in his recovery. The Backstreet Boys member posted two body transformation photographs taken a year apart on Instagram, revealing his sobriety progress. With two peace signs alongside more muscular images of him pumping iron at the gym, “daddy bod” McLean poses in the photos.

On Sept. 1, McLean posted a side-by-side photo of himself from a year ago and now with the caption, “and wow it’s amazing what a bit of dedication and fixation of goals can do for a person. The journey, however, is far from over. This is just the beginning!” Along with promoting a healthy lifestyle among his followers, he also wrote, “Let’s go! If I can do it, so can you!!”

McLean said on his podcast on Dec. 6 that he was about to celebrate his one-year sobriety. December 2022 will be McLean’s third year of sobriety. He went on to say, “As long as I keep my side of the street clean, I can’t worry about keeping your side of the street clean,” to co-host and former Dancing With the Stars partner Cheryl Burke. “And everything actually went well. I feel better.”

Just hours before shooting the Backstreet Boys’ music video for “The Call” from their album Black and Blue, he took drugs for the first time. A few months later, his bandmates told him how much his behavior had changed recently. Kevin Richardson even said, “‘I’ll never trust you again. You’re dead to me,” unless he gets professional help soon. The star didn’t get sober until almost twenty years later.

In November 2020, the singer opened up to Tamron Hall about how his 3-year-old daughter, Lyric, indirectly got him to quit alcohol and drugs. He remembers her saying, “‘You don’t smell like my daddy,'” McLean said. “There is no bottom in my world of your own child telling you that you don’t smell like his father.”

Recording artist McLean spoke to Good Morning America in October 2020 about his “turning point.” He described how, after returning from a trip to Las Vegas and seeing how his family reacted to the smell of alcohol on him, he decided he needed to get sober. He shares daughter Lyric, 5, and Elliot, 9, with wife Rochelle DeAnna. McLean said his wife could smell alcohol on her breath. “And my youngest of my two daughters wouldn’t sit with me.” He continued: “Today, there are too many reasons to live. My beautiful children, my wonderful wife, my beautiful career and my incredible brothers
I have never felt so grounded as I do today.