Baby on the Way for A.J. McLean

04/29/2012 at 06:45 PM ET
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Backstreet baby!

A.J. McLean and his wife, Rochelle, announced via YouTube Sunday that they are expecting their first child in November.

“I just wanted to say thank you guys for all your love and support. We recently got married — I was the most recent Backstreet Boy to take the plunge,” the singer, 34, says with his wife by his side.

“Because we love you all so much, we wanted to share with you — for the first time — something very special. We’re having a baby!”

McLean and Karidis were wed Dec. 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills.

The couple moved from Hollywood to the Valley earlier in the year so that they’d have space to raise a family, although McLean said at the time that “I think we’ll be married for about three years before we have kids.”

Although they’ll be hearing the pitter-patter of little feet a bit earlier than expected, “Words cannot express how I feel — this is something I have always dreamed about my whole life. I’ve found my dream girl and this is the greatest gift of all,” McLean said in a statement.

“I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been. We are anxious, nervous, excited, happy, all emotions one can feel. Life is goooood! We are due sometime in November.”

— Sarah Michaud

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Veronica on

He has always been my favorite Backstreet Boy! I’m sooooo excited for him!!!

Cortney on

Congrats! I think the baby will come out with some tatts! = )

Andrea on

Congrats! I’m so happy for them!:)

Deanna on

Congrats!! I was in love with AJ in the 90’s

Sharon Spangler on

That was way cool, thanks for sharing. Congrats !!!!!!!!!!

StephyD on

Congrats!! AJ looks great, and so happy! How awesome!

christina on

congrates on good news AJ kepp up with the good music i love you guys music.


Congratulations!!!!!! Best of Luck AJ and Rochelle!!!

Guest on

Congrats AJ! So happy for you and your wife!!

librababe on

aww happy news! she’s pretty!

gloria on

Personally I would love for them to have a boy, so he can be part of the next Backstreet Generation 🙂

I wish for them nothing but happiness, love, joy and health for their baby.

Julianna on

OH MY GOD! I’m so happy for AJ! I’m a Backstreet fan for more than 10 years now and AJ was always one of my favorites. It’s so good to see he has turned his life around. Congratulations to him and to Rochelle – they’re gonna be awesome parents. The Boys must be so happy!

Amanda on

I can see him with a little girl. He is the sweetest guy, and I’m so happy he’s found the happiness he’s always deserved.

twinhappy on

Congrats to them! I hope they have a happy & healthy pregnancy!!

Rachel on

Big day in the Backstreet Boys world — Kevin coming back AND AJ and his wife having a baby! So much happiness all around 🙂 I have been a BSB fan since I was a young teen and I truly wish Aj and Rochelle all of the best with this next great adventure in their lives. Can’t wait to see the newest Backstreet Baby! Here’s hoping for a girl this time!! 😉

Anonymous on

Congrats to them! Wonderful news!

On a sad note, seeing A.J.’s name in the headlines today brought back memories of when I was a teen and squee’d whenever I saw the Backstreet Boys in the news. Good times. But boy, time flies.

Anonymous on

Congrats to them! Sounds like this may have been a surprise baby, going by his comment about being married for three years before havinng kids. 🙂

lisa on

now that he is going to be a “dad” let out the drugs

Jennifer on

I remember it like it was yesterday, when BSB was on TRL announcing that AJ had entered rehab. And then again, and again. I’m so happy to see that he has found happiness, and is turning his life around. I’m so happy for the two of them! This baby is going to be adorbs!

Kelly on

So excited for them!

Just saying on

Geesh Hollywood has turned into breeding like rabbits.. LOL WTH congrats & all that but please rabbits slow down. holy!!!!!

Aly on

Oh my gosh! I am so happy for them!! Can’t wait. Hopefully they’ll choose a normal name for their child. Another Backstreet baby!!!!!!!!!!!

A on

Congratulations AJ & Rochelle!

Cortney on

Note to people making comments about him turning his life around…Just because he and his wife are having a baby doesnt mean he turned his life around…Addicts have babies all the time. SO heres to hoping he is turning his life around and keeping on the straight and narrow for this babys sake.

Jane on

OMG Congrats to AJ and his wife. I couldn’t happier for them. Here’s hoping for a happy, healthy pregnancy and baby 🙂

melissa on

AJ has always been my favorite. I have so much respect him and would definitely consider him to be someone I look up to. Congrats and I wish you nothing but the best!

Clara on


sara on

Well hopefully he’ll be faithful to her now that they have a baby on the way. Cos he definetely WASN’T while they were dating/engaged…

Elisa on

Oh congratulations AJ!! seriously don’t mind about the mean comments… it is a long road but AJ has something to live for, it’s not the same… I recall one of the times he went to rehab was after his grandmother (who raised him with him mom) had died so stop judging him… he’s just trying to make his life work and is always harder when people act against it… why can’t you just be happy for him?

Wendy Sue on

Awww…. awesome news!! Congratulations!! Maybe the next generation of NKOTBSB can go on tour!! lol

sally on


Leslie Kuretzky on

AWESOME News. Congratulations 🙂

Evelyn on

Congrats AJ and Rochelle may you be blessed with a happy and healthy pregency and a beautiful baby girl I can just picture AJ with a little girl who will have him wrapped around his finger andf hopefully a healthy baby boy.God Bless both of you

Missy on

Wow wasn’t expecting this announcement, but so excited and happy for them.

I met AJ twice last summer, and he was so sweet, brought me to meet the rest of the guys the second time I met him.

canada girl on

AJ too was my favorite member of the Backstreet boys! I am so happy for them! He has conquered addiction and seems so happy now! All the best to them!

AmandaC on

Congrats to them! However, when ever I see his picture I always think of Robert Schneider from The Hot Chick when he was trying to fix the way he looked.

Mary on

Congrats to my fav Backstreet Boy and his wife!

angie g on


Vanessa on

That’s awesome news!!! I love my Backstreet Boys. My favorite is Brian.

Vanessa on

That’s awesome news!!! I love my Backstreet Boys. My favorite is Brian, he is still cute even after all the years.

MrsSarahJax on

Baby’s first gift from Dad: A bottle of whisky! I bet that kid will born drunk lol