AJ McLean says his Backstreet Boys bandmates broke into his house to stage a cocaine intervention.
AJ shared more details after his shocking drugs admission to People Magazine over the weekend, and to "Good Morning America" yesterday.
AJ said, ”When the boys kind of caught on, I missed out on rehearsal.They basically broke into my house, and they dumped ice water on me while I was passed out in my bed. Everybody started to catch on. I wasn't me anymore, you know, I was just living a lie."
He said he managed to keep it a secret from family and friends for about 18 months, until his bandmates staged the intervention on July 8, 2001.
AJ said, "The most crucial part of that conversation was the final thing Kevin Richardson said to me: If I continued using, he said, 'I will never trust you again. You're dead to me.'"
But AJ admitted he continued to fall on and off the wagon for the next 18 years, until one encounter with his family last December snapped him out of it.
He said, ”I was never sober. Not for a second. And the turning point for me was when I came back home, my wife could smell it on my breath and my youngest of my two daughters would not sit with me."
Since that day, he has been completely clean and sober.He said, “There's too much to live for today — my beautiful children, my amazing wife, my career, my brothers. I’ve never felt more grounded than I do today.”
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