AJ McLean kicked off the new year with a heartbreak, annoucning that he and his estranged wife Rochelle DeAnna were headed for divorce following the couple's year-long separation.
The Backstreet Boys' founding member made this shocking announcement on his Instagram on Monday, January 1.
He posted a joint statement that began, "As you all know we have been separated for over a year now. While we have hoped for reconciliation we have decided to officially end our marriage."
While noting the couple’s effort to sort things before ending their marriage of over a decade, the 45-year-old singer continued, "It is with deep love and respect that we have made this decision."
The statement further read that the former couple, who share two daughters, 11-year-old Elliott and six-year-old Lyric, would continue to co-parent their girls after their amicable divorce.
"Our focus now is moving forward in the healthiest possible way with friendship and co-parenting our girls at the forefront of this next chapter. We appreciate your kindness, respect and privacy at this time.
"Thank you, Alexander and Rochelle McLean," the statement concluded with an urge to give the couple some room during the sensitive time.
Soon after the Larger Than Life crooner shared the statement on the social media platform, many fans rushed to the comments section to pour in their support for the two.
One user wrote, "God bless you both [red heart emoji[ I hope all The Best for u 2 and Just tô know The fans Will be here tô support you because we Love you Alex, Rochelle and The Girls [emojis] Hugs from Brazil."
"Sometimes the best thing is to go separate ways but remain friends for your kids. I'm in the same boat after 14 years. 2024 is for new beginnings," a second user commented.