Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean Reveals He Helped Aaron Carter Enter Rehab in 2017
AJ McLean is opening up about his friendship with the late Aaron Carter.
The 45-year-old Backstreet Boys singer recalled when he helped Aaron get into a treatment facility in 2017.
"Aaron reached out to me, asked me for help," AJ says in the upcoming documentary Aaron Carter: The Little Prince of Pop.
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"Look, if you get on a plane, come out to L.A., I will make sure you get into treatment," AJ continued. "He showed up. I was shocked, but I was happy, and he checked into a treatment center in Malibu."
"A couple of days later, I talked to him. He kind of went off the map. I think it was maybe two weeks, so I called my friends at the treatment center and they said he checked himself out," AJ said.
AJ also described himself as a "functioning addict" and says he is now 18 months sober.
Aaron passed away in November 2022 and the official cause of death was drowning and contributing effects were difluoroethane and alprazolam, a generic form of Xanax. Aaron Carter's former team said it was glad the autopsy results gave them closure.
Aaron's ex-fiancee Melanie Martin released a statement in which she said the results don't make sense.
Aaron Carter: The Little Prince of Pop will begin streaming on Hulu on May 1 and is produced by ABC News Studios.