AJ McLean battles his 'demons' amid break-up

Pop star AJ McLean has opened up about his temporary separation from his wife.



AJ McLean has opened up about his separation
AJ McLean has opened up about his separation

AJ McLean is confronting his "demons" amid his separation from his wife.

The 45-year-old singer announced in March that he was "temporarily" separating from his wife Rochelle, and AJ has now opened up about the reasons for their break-up.

The pop star - who is best known for starring in the Backstreet Boys - told TMZ: "We're pushing to be the best version of us that we can, and to be the best husband and wife we possibly can for each other.

"This is a journey of self-exploration, for me. I've never really done this journey since I got sober, and now is my time."

AJ has previously struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, and he's now got a specific plan in place to tackle his issues.

He explained: "We have a therapist together and I'm working my 12-step programme. I'm staying sober and I'm just focusing on myself and really what I need to do to be the best version I can.

"This is a great opportunity for me to now finally do this and focus on me. That's what all the drinking and the drugs were for years - me not wanting to deal with my own demons, and now I'm dealing with it."

AJ and Rochelle previously announced that they were separating in order to "work on [themselves]".

The couple - who tied the knot in 2011 - said in a statement given to TMZ: "Marriage is hard, but worth it. We have mutually decided to separate temporarily to work on ourselves, and on our marriage with the hope of building a stronger future.

"The plan is to come back together and continue to nurture our love for one another and our family. We ask for respect and privacy at this time."