AJ McLean and his spouse Rochelle are going their separate methods for good. The Backstreet Boys member, 45, and the make-up artist and hairstylist, 42, announced on January 1 that they’re formally ending their marriage one 12 months after they revealed their separation.
“As you all know we now have been separated for over a 12 months now. Whereas we now have hoped for reconciliation we now have determined to formally finish our marriage,” the couple wrote of their joint assertion on social media. “It’s with deep love and respect that we now have made this choice. Our focus now could be shifting ahead within the healthiest attainable approach with friendship and coparenting our women on the forefront of this subsequent chapter. We recognize your kindness respect and privateness at the moment.”
AJ and Rochelle met in 2008 and started courting a few 12 months later. They walked down the aisle in Dec. 2011 on the Beverly Hills Resort. They’ve since welcomed two daughters: Elliott, 11, and Lyric, 6.
The previous couple introduced their separation on social media in March 2023 after 11 years of marriage.
“Marriage is difficult, however price it. We now have mutually determined to separate briefly to work on ourselves, and on our marriage with the hope of constructing a stronger future,” they mentioned in a joint assertion. “The plan is to come back again collectively and proceed to nurture our love for each other and our household. We ask for respect and privateness at the moment,” the assertion continued. “Separation is difficult sufficient with out the commentary, please be variety and bear in mind there are kids concerned.”
The cut up in March 2023 got here as a shock to followers, because the couple didn’t present any indicators of main points. Rochelle final posted about AJ on her Instagram to rejoice their eleventh anniversary on the finish of 2022 with a throwback photo and lyrics to “November Rain” by Weapons N’ Roses, a music about exhausting instances in a relationship. “And shadows nonetheless stay, oh yeah / I do know that you would be able to love me when there’s nobody left accountable / So by no means thoughts the darkness, we nonetheless can discover a approach / ‘Trigger nothin’ lasts eternally, even chilly November rain,” her caption learn. A month prior, she shared a photograph of herself, AJ, and their women smiling collectively and mentioned she was “grateful” within the caption.
In the meantime, AJ final shared a photograph with Rochelle in April 2022 as they prayed earlier than his present. Within the pic, which could be seen here, they bowed their heads and had their two women between them as they took half within the prayer circle. “Household appreciation publish! Couldn’t do it with out my women. Love you!!” he captioned the publish.
AJ as soon as admitted in 2020 that he and Rochelle almost broke up amid his wrestle with sobriety. “[Rochelle] was at her wit’s finish with me,” he confessed to PEOPLE. “She had thrown out leaving and taking the ladies, however my ego at all times informed me, ‘She’s not going wherever.’ If I have been her, I might have left, however she’s at all times been in a position to see by means of the BS to who I actually am.”