Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean Reveals Daughter's Heartbreaking Text Message

Being famous when you’re a parent certainly has its perks, but there are definitely hard parts too — just ask AJ McLean.

The Backstreet Boys member and newly-minted country artist made an appearance at Sunday’s ACM Awards in Las Vegas, where he spoke to Entertainment Tonighton the red carpet about the challenges of balancing his flourishing career with being a present father to his two daughters: Lyric Dean, 2, and Ava Jaymes, 6.

“My oldest actually, about five days ago, had mommy send daddy a text saying, ‘Can you stop being a Backstreet Boy and just be my dad?’ ” McLean, 41, revealed of the heartbreaking message he got from Ava.

Gesturing toward his heart, he joked, “Yeah, so, take this out, step on it, stab it, burn it and then do it again.”

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