Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
“It is with deep love and respect that we have made this decision,” the couple stated in a joint statement shared on Instagram.
AJ McLean, the Backstreet Boys singer, and his wife Rochelle DeAnna McLean have revealed that they are ending their marriage after being together for 12 years. In March, the couple previously shared that they had “temporarily” separated with hopes of reconciling in the future. However, on January 1, they announced the official end of their relationship on AJ’s Instagram.
“As you all know we have been separated for over a year now,” they shared on social media. “While we have hoped for reconciliation, we have decided to officially end our marriage. It is with deep love and respect that we have made this decision.”
AJ and Rochelle, who recently attended a screening of Trolls: Band Together with their daughters Elliott and Lyric, intend to maintain a friendship despite their decision to end their marriage.
In their statement, AJ and Rochelle expressed their commitment to moving forward in the healthiest way possible, with friendship and co-parenting their daughters at the forefront of this next chapter. They also expressed appreciation for the kindness, respect, and privacy extended to them during this time.
AJ and Rochelle married in December 2011 in Los Angeles. They initially met three years prior when she was working as a waitress at a restaurant.
In a statement released in March, AJ McLean and Rochelle McLean detailed their decision to separate temporarily.
“Marriage is hard, but worth it,” they stated. “We have mutually decided to separate temporarily to work on ourselves and on our marriage with the hope of building a stronger future. The plan is to come back together and continue to nurture our love for one another and our family. We ask for respect and privacy at this time. Separation is hard enough without the commentary; please be kind and remember there are children involved.”