AJ McLean is coming tidy about his 20-year experience with dependency.
The Backstreet Boys alum opened about his sobriety journey in an interview with Good Morning America on Monday, Oct. 19, and exposed how his bandmates attempted to get included when they found out about his dependency in the 2000s.
“They basically broke into my house and they dumped ice water on me while I was passed out in my bed. Everybody started to catch on,” McLean shared. “I wasn’t me anymore. I was just living a lie.”
He confessed that his very first encounter with drugs was best prior to he shot the video for the band’s 2001 tune “The Call.”
“The first time I tried drugs was literally an hour before my call time to ‘The Call’ video shoot. I was off the walls,” the 42-year-old vocalist stated.
In the previous 20 years, he attempted rehab numerous times and was at his floor 11 months back in Las Vegas. “I was never sober. Not for a second,” McLean stated of that duration of his life. “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.”