AJ McLean has opened up about his struggles with addiction this week, in a truly heartwrenching story.
Who doesn't remember the Backstreet Boys?The '90s boyband were basically the soundtrack to the decade.
The group consisted of Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, and cousins Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson.The super-successful group has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
In fact, this gives them the accolade of bestselling boyband of all time.They're the first-ever boyband to achieve a number one hit in three different decades.
They are the first group since Led Zeppelin to have their first ten albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200.Some pretty impressive stats.
But aside from their glittering careers, it seems there was tragedy behind the scenes.And this week, bandmate AJ McLean has opened up about his past struggles - and how the band helped him out.
@people So proud of you love. Remember how much those girls adore you and you will be higher than any drug can take… https://t.co/XQ6qr1d4Xw— VanessaFord (@VanessaFord)1602687343.0
@people @aj_mclean Aj I have just watched this video of your In interview and blimey that hit me right in my heart,… https://t.co/NvIEFtafp9— karin tear (@karin tear)1602688421.0
@people @aj_mclean I watched your interview Aj and the only thing I can tell you is that I am proud of the extraord… https://t.co/tkZNIkzbmV— ❁𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂❁ (@❁𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂❁)1602687965.0
@people @aj_mclean I have admired and respect you almost all my life, and even more today being that honest and ope… https://t.co/jDh2wkeUQa— Coтe Goɴzαlez Corrαdα 🌺 (@Coтe Goɴzαlez Corrαdα 🌺)1602689050.0
@people @aj_mclean I'm so proud of you AJ! Your family & God helped you to win this hard battle! Keep going on, you… https://t.co/Ajsr5Ev2Ct— 🇭🇺 Backstreet Carter girl ❤ (@🇭🇺 Backstreet Carter girl ❤)1602715923.0
@people @WHOTheBckstreet Proud of you! This next leg of the tour, you’re going to be that much stronger because you… https://t.co/QKXlT7gsRu— Naomi Trevino (@Naomi Trevino)1602720266.0
@people @aj_mclean @aj_mclean I'm so proud of you. My husband was an alcoholic and died at 45 due to it. Thank you… https://t.co/zTyA1Cnzyg— DaraImaDeangirl Winchester (@DaraImaDeangirl Winchester)1602721503.0
@people @aj_mclean Your wife and babies are very proud of you, you are a winner for overcoming all of this and we f… https://t.co/FvGCkgCXww— Laura Mattos (@Laura Mattos)1602717358.0
@peopletv @aj_mclean Aj you are a really wonderful person (inside and out) You and your family deserve all the happ… https://t.co/fa4C5i2LYD— ❁𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂❁ (@❁𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂❁)1602695543.0
@peopletv @aj_mclean You have no idea how many others you might help with your story. It is hard to show weakness b… https://t.co/hAnAfJv6cI— Marsaphire (@Marsaphire)1602705234.0
@peopletv @aj_mclean I'm glad that you were able to get out of that hole, for you, for your family, your friends an… https://t.co/lyXOzTIBfE— Yochi McLean (@Yochi McLean)1602706245.0
@peopletv @aj_mclean @aj_mclean best person ❤❤❤ https://t.co/BYCYDTZhCt— Sasa Mclean (@Sasa Mclean)1602695426.0
@peopletv @aj_mclean I got the chills! Im so happy for you! God bless!— Sol (@Sol)1603071115.0
@peopletv @aj_mclean Well now I am crying 😭 I'm so proud of you AJ, this version of you makes me sooo happy. I'm gl… https://t.co/WEDM6V8fYZ— 𝚅𝚒𝚌𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚖 (@𝚅𝚒𝚌𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚖)1602696229.0
@peopletv @aj_mclean So powerful!!! Thank you for speaking from the heart ❤️ You’ve always been my favorite BSB an… https://t.co/jVbSoc8RRu— Stephanie Fischer Welch (@Stephanie Fischer Welch)1602707185.0
McLean opened up about his past history with drugs - and how his bandmates helped him through it.
via: Shutterstock"Everybody started to catch on," he said. "I wasn't me anymore, you know, I was just living a lie."
"I was never sober. Not for a second."
via: Shutterstock"And the turning point for me was when I came back home, my wife could smell it on my breath and my youngest of my two daughters would not sit with me."
"When the boys kind of caught on, I missed out on rehearsal."
via: Shutterstock"They basically broke into my house, and they dumped ice water on me while I was passed out in my bed."
But there's a happy ending to his story.
via: Shutterstock"There's too much to live for today — my beautiful children, my amazing wife, my career, my brothers. I've never felt more grounded than I do today." Fancy more heartwarming Backstreet Boys content? Scroll on for the subway singalong that got the internet feeling emotional.