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A. J. McLean

  • American musician
  • Born January 9, 1978

For the cattleman and politician from Alberta, Canada, see Archibald J. McLean. Alexander James McLean (born January 9, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and model. He is a member of the vocal group the Backstreet Boys. McLean is also a contributor for the It Gets Better Project.


Keep your head up and be patient.




The biggest misconception about me is the bad-boy image that everyone stuck me into due to my tattoos, drug days and the constant changes I make with my hair color.




But people who really know me, know that I am not a bad boy at heart... I am a big teddy bear.




I can't stress how much my daughter is an inspiration to stay sober. When I come home and she opens those big blue eyes at me, it's the most amazing feeling I could ever feel.




I'm the type of guy who likes to be there 24-7. I'm Mr. Roses.




Be very, very patient and very open-minded, and listen to what people have to say.




Music is love, love is music, music is life, and I love my life. Thank you and good night.




No one's a virgin, life screws us all!




I'm a bit of an insomniac. I go to bed at 5am because I get caught up in watching TV or listening to music at night.




You can have whatever you want if you believe in yourself and keep your feet firmly planted in the ground.




Thinking back on it, I've been in this business since I was 3, and I grew up in musical theater, so I was raised and surrounded by gay men and gay women. I was hardly around anyone straight.




I'll sing outside your window. I'm as old fashioned as they come.




I look good. I feel good and not to sound conceited I sound great.




I, personally, am trying to get more and more involved with the gay and lesbian movement, very much so.




Our fans want us to be happy and if that means being married or having a girlfriend, they are okay with that. Of course, in this industry it is a bit harder to have normal relationships, but it is possible.




Communication is so much better when people are vulnerable.




You just can't let anything or anyone get in the way of who you are.




I've worn a dress at my wedding. I've worn 6-inch Louboutins. I've got no fear and no shame.




Everyone always says, 'When you look at a boy band, one of them has to be gay.' No, they don't.




I grew up in musical theatre and love to perform on stage.




I pray to God I get inside a girl's head one day and see what in the WORLD they are thinking.




Once I went to bed in Orlando and I woke up in Atlanta. I have no idea how that happened.




I don't like it when people don't look me dead in the eye. I move my head around trying to catch their eye.




There's life outside Backstreet Boys that is going on and continuing.




I'm the kind of guy who grew up listening to Three Dog Night and Lynyrd Skynyrd.




I shop more than most women.




We didn't realize there were that many boy bands until we started touring in Europe. I don't think we were ever affected by it since a lot of the groups in Europe didn't really sing live, but we did and would perform a cappella as well.



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