Fri, 14 January 2011 05:12:14 ET
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Though announcing that he has voluntarily checked himself into a treatment clinic, the Backstreet Boys member insists his stint won't affect his group's current tour plans.
A.J. McLean has checked himself into rehab. The Backstreet Boys
singer, who has previously been treated for depression, anxiety and excessive consumption of alcohol, voluntarily checked himself into a treatment clinic on Monday, January 10 after realizing he needed help, but insisted it would not affect the group.
"For personal reasons, I've checked myself into a rehab clinic," he said in a statement. "With 2011 being a busy year for Backstreet, I want to be healthy and perform and sing for people at my very best and happiest. None of this will affect our current tour plans and I look forward to seeing everyone really soon! Thank you for all of your support and respecting my family and friends privacy during this time."
A.J., real name Alexander James, has previously dropped hints he was struggling with alcohol issues, writing on his Twitter account, @skulleerozon, on Sunday, January 9, "Thank u all for my bday wishes and tweets:)! Its gonna be a great year! I love u all and wish me luck! I start my sober journey tomm! Ttfn! (sic)"
He added in a post on Monday, "Hey all wish me luck! This is gonna be an amazing year for me and all around me! I love u all and appreciate all the love and support. See u on the other side!(sic)"
A.J.'s bandmates, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter
and Howie Dorough, tweeted their support for him, saying, "we love and support our brother @skulleeroz. We are proud of him and thank all of our fans for the support. We love u!"
Backstreet Boys are currently planning a summer 2011 tour with New Kids on the Block