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Backstreet Boy's AJ McLean heads back to rehab

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McLean: Fighting addictions in rehab

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean has checked himself into rehab to deal with substance abuse problems before he sets out on the joint NKOTBSB tour later this year.

AJ McLean goes to rehabBackstreet Boy AJ McLean is headed back to rehab, the singer announced confirmed Thursday.

McLean explained that he's checking himself into a rehab facility to tackle the substance abuse problems he's dealt with for more than a decade.

"With 2011 being a busy year for Backstreet, I want to be healthy and perform and sing for people at my very best and happiest," McLean wrote in his statement. "None of this will affect our current tour plans and I look forward to seeing everyone really soon! Thank you for all of your support and respecting my family and friends privacy during this time."

The tour plans refer to the joint tour the Backstreet Boys are pursuing with The New Kids on the Block. The group – nicknamed NKOTBSB – is set to hit the stage in the early summer.

The singer alluded to his impending treatment by tweeting a cryptic message on Sunday. "Its gonna be a great year! I love u all and wish me luck! I start my sober journey tomm!"

"See u on the other side!" He added in a Monday tweet.

This isn't the first stint in rehab for the 34-year-old McLean: He first sought treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in 2002 and again for depression and alcohol issues in 2008.

Good luck, AJ. We're happy you're working to take control of your issues so you can embark on the epic NKOTBSB tour in the summer!

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