A.J. McLean: ‘My Wife Caught Baby Fever’

11/10/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

AJ McLean Friends of Israel Defense Forces
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A.J. McLean sings and dances for thousands of fans a night while he’s on tour with the Backstreet Boys — and it seems like his 23-month-old daughter Ava Jaymes has Daddy’s genes.

“She’s huge into dancing so we’re about to get her into dance class. Not sure where she gets that from,” he joked with PEOPLE at the Friends of Israel Defense Forces gala in Beverly Hills.

Ava may not be enrolled in dance class just yet, but she’s getting plenty of practice at home.

“We have a morning dance party,” says McLean, 36, adding that their early sessions also include his wife, Rochelle, and mother-in-law.

But Ava’s favorite artist for these dance parties might surprise you. No, it’s not dear ol’ dad.

“Right now she’s on a Rihanna tip. So after breakfast she says, ‘Riri,’ that means Rihanna. And then ‘moozik’ instead of music and we put the iPad on and listen to Apple TV,” he shares.

But McLean doesn’t mind the friendly competition. Ava is no different than most girls and loves her dad’s hit song, “I Want It That Way.”

“If we put on the ‘I Want It That Way’ video she is just glued to the TV,” the proud papa says.

McLean and his wife are thinking about expanding their dance troupe to a party of four in the near future. “My wife’s caught baby fever again so we’re talking … we’re thinking number two. I leave on tour in April so we’re thinking right around April we’ll make a baby,” he explains.

The new Backstreet baby will have a lot to live up to with Ava as a big sister.

“Our daughter is the perfect girl,” McLean raves. “She lets you know when it’s time to go to bed. She’ll walk you upstairs, knock on her crib, let’s go to bed. So, she’s the best. She’s the coolest kid.”

— Abby Stern

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Carrie on

It’s so great to see how AJ turned his life around. So happy for him and his family.

Alex on

What a sweet family, he seems like such a proud hands-on dad.

mypiecesandbits on

Its sweet to hear dads talk about their kids period but to hear a dad gush about his baby girl is just adorable.

mommy2eandl on

You can say that “around April we’ll make a baby” but there are no guarantees. However, you can certainly have fun trying!!

TessJ on

I was a HUGE Backstreet Boy fan as a teen! I was sad to hear when Nick and AJ were struggling. I am glad to see AJ is doing much better. The picture with this article makes me smile. His hair is all one color and somewhat conservatively cut haha Regardless, I am so happy for him and his wife!!

bb on

Been a fan for 17 years…it’s so fun to watch them grow up as the fans all have! They make great music and are good to the fans.

Tina on

I’m a huge fan of BSB and I’m glad that AJ is in a good place in his life after everything he’s been through. He has said that his wife and daughter are the most important people in his life (after them is of course the guys in BSB) so I won’t be surprised if by this time me to year they have another child.