Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean and his wife Rochelle just sent their daughters back to school with a cute photoshoot of the girls holding balloons – showing off their names and their new year – but eagle-eyed fans noticed immediately something different about their eldest daughter’s new nickname.
In a joint Instagram post on Aug. 24, Rochelle and AJ shared the same snap of their daughters on their first day of school. “After two and a half years of homeschooling, these two beauties are back in school!” Rochelle wrote in her Instagram caption. “Lyric is starting kindergarten and Elliott (Ava) is in fourth grade! I can’t believe it! I’m so proud of these girls. Although I’m going to miss them, I’m thrilled to see them spread their wings and fly! “
While their 5-year-old daughter Lyric’s balloon displayed the name and grade their Instagram followers were expecting, the McLeans’ eldest daughter – formerly named Ava – held a balloon that displayed the name “Elliot” instead. The couple also noted the change in their Instagram caption, placing Ava in brackets to reiterate that she no longer goes by that name.
An Instagram user inquired about the name change, asking if Elliott would change gender. “Elliot? wrote Instagram user @angeles.labarca. “Is Ava going to be a boy?” Rochelle confirmed that her daughter’s name change was not about gender, but rather about being different. “It’s not about gender,” Rochelle wrote in her comment. “She was sick of there being so many Avas and asked if we could call her Elliott. She wanted something unique.
Congratulations to Elliott on his new name!
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