Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean assured fans that his decision to enter rehab for substance abuse issues will not affect the band’s upcoming summer tour with the New Kids on the Block.
A source told TMZ that McLean’s substance abuse has been “out of control” during the last few months. McLean has battled addiction for years, and he entered rehab in 2001 and 2002 for alcohol and cocaine abuse.
McLean announced in a statement, “For personal reasons, I’ve checked myself into a rehab clinic. 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…Thank you for all of your support and respecting my family and friends privacy during this time.”
The NKOTBSB tour is set to begin on June 2 with a show at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The tour is slated to run through July 30.