In a heartfelt conversation with The Mirror, AJ McLean of the iconic Backstreet Boys divulged his plans for a modest, family-focused Christmas celebration, even as fans eagerly anticipate news of the band's reunion. The 90s pop sensation, known for their chart-topping hits and global fame, has decided to take a well-deserved hiatus, with McLean emphasizing the importance of personal space and time apart for the band members.
This year marks a special milestone for the Backstreet Boys, as they celebrate the one-year anniversary of their first-ever Christmas album, a project that McLean fondly remembers. "We've never had one in 30 years," he told The Mirror, confirming the album's re-release this festive season.
Backstreet's Uncertain Future
However, despite the excitement around their music, McLean was candid about the band's current status. The group, which also includes Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson, rose to stardom with unforgettable tunes like "Backstreet's Back Alright," "I Want It That Way," and "As Long As You Love Me." But, since their split in 2006, the possibility of a full-fledged reunion remains uncertain.
"Backstreet are taking a well-needed break," McLean stated, hinting that a tour isn't in the immediate future. The band, however, isn't disappearing from the public eye completely. McLean revealed plans for a unique event in Cancun next April, likening it to a Backstreet Boys cruise but without the sea voyage.
"We're giving each other the space to do our own things," he added, signifying the band's need for personal growth and exploration. Shifting focus to his family life, McLean shared his intention to keep this year's Christmas celebrations low-key, especially for his daughters, Elliott, 10, and Lyric, 5.
While scaling back on the lavish decorations, his emphasis remains on making the holiday memorable for his children. "It's just going to be a simple holiday this year," he said, expressing his dedication to family and simplicity during the festive season.
With his Christmas shopping already completed since October, McLean is all set to welcome a cozy and intimate holiday with his loved ones.