Backstreet Boys Star A.J. McLean Welcomes A Baby Girl!


A.J. McLean, of the boy band The Backstreet Boys, is now a daddy after his wife Rochelle Karidis gave birth to a daughter on Tuesday.

The singer confirmed his happy baby news and can’t wait to spend the Christmas holidays changing diapers.

McLean and his wife Rochelle, who married in December 2011, named their newborn daughter Ava Jaymes and said everyone is healthy and doing well.

A.J. said, “She arrived at 4:51 a.m. on Nov. 27th, weighing 7 pounds and 7 ounces. We are so in love with our bundle of joy and happy to have started our family now.”

A.J. McLean told In Touch magazine, “We are all doing well and are thrilled to welcome Ava into the world.”

The singer recently revealed how excited he is to spend his first Christmas as a first-time father.

He said, “Me about to be a father is going to be the best Christmas memory I think I’m ever going to have. We’re due any day now and we’re so ready for it.

“I’ll probably be changing diapers all over Christmas and I cannot wait. We’ll be here in Los Angeles, and my wife’ family are flying out. Finally Christmas is going to be at my house. Normally I’d fly back to Orlando to my parents but this year my wife and I have our own Christmas tree. We’ve got a ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ tree, it’s not black but it’s got all the characters. It’s pretty gothic.”

A.J’s bandmate Brian Littrell is so happy they have the first “Backstreet Girl” now and already is making plans for a future band of their offspring.

Littrell said, “She’s going to be the first girl in the Backstreet Boys family so we’re thinking in years to come they can be like the Black Eyed Peas and she can be Fergie.”

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