Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean Offers Aaron Carter Support As He Enters Rehab

By Victoria Kim 09/26/17

“I’m sober today, but at the same time, it’s a lot of work. I am definitely worried about [Aaron]. I love him like he’s my little brother.”

AJ McLean

Aaron Carter is finally heading to rehab, after details of his potentially dangerous drug use came to light in a recent episode of The Doctors talk show. 

“Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness,” said his rep Steve Honig on Friday (Sept 22). “He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer possible. He is grateful for the support and love from his fans and looks forward to coming back stronger than ever before.”

This comes after the 27-year-old went on The Doctors and admitted that he is on a potentially fatal mix of drugs, similar to his sister Leslie Carter who died in 2012 of a prescription drugs overdose at the age of 25.

Aaron tested positive for opioids and benzodiazepines, a combination that host Dr. Travis Stork warned is “how many people can accidentally die.” The former tween idol confessed that the drugs, some of which he obtains illegally, help him cope with stress and anxiety. But, he shared, “I don’t want to be on that stuff! My sister passed away from it. It’s not okay. I don’t take it every day. To be honest with you, it’s not going to be easy. I know that it’s a hard road.”

AJ McLean, fellow bandmate of Aaron’s brother Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, would be especially happy to hear that Aaron is headed to rehab. The 39-year-old is now sober after his own struggle with drugs and alcohol. He said he’d reach out to his “little brother” and try to “talk some sense into him.”

“I’ve been down that road, I’ve come out the other end, you know?” McLean told TMZ recently. “I’m sober today, but at the same time, it’s a lot of work. I am definitely worried about him. I love him like he’s my little brother.”

He continued: “I’ll just tell him, ‘Dude, I’ve been through this, I realize you’re in denial, I know that there’s a lot of shame involved, but it takes the bigger man to admit that you’re wrong.”

“I’ve been down that road three times, I’ve been to rehab and I’ve come out on the other end. Jails and institutions or death, those are your only three options if you don’t get it right.”

McLean has hope for Aaron, but says he can only do so much for him. At the end of the day, he says, all he can do is give his love and support. “I hope he listens, I hope he answers,” he said. “If he doesn’t, I’m not going to stop, but at the same time, I don’t want to push him further away. I just want to take him under my arm and just give him a hug.”

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