Mom Says She Knows Different A.J.

By | August 10, 2001 at 12:00 AM

The A.J. McLean who entered rehab for alcohol abuse and depression isn’t the real A.J. McLean, his mother says.

Denise McLean, the Backstreet Boy’s mother, still calls her 23-year-old son “Alex,” and recalls that as a little boy, he dreamed of stardom.

“A.J. is the bad boy, crazy boy on stage that… does, you know, makes all those pelvic thrusts and does all this stuff to drive the girls crazy,” she says in an interview with ABC News’ “20/20,” scheduled to air at 10 p.m. EDT Friday.

“And A.J. is the one that got the tattoos, and A.J.’s the one that colors his hair for the audience… and the media and does the shock stuff.

“Alex is… the complete opposite of that,” she says. “Alex is the sweetest… most gentle person… you could ever imagine. He’s kind, he’s got a heart of gold, he loves his family, he loves his puppies to death.”

McLean checked himself into a rehabilitation center a month ago, forcing the Backstreet Boys to postpone their North American tour. He was released last Saturday.

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