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A.J. McLean -- The Downward Spiral

1/15/2011 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A.J. McLean's issues with substance abuse have been the source of MAJOR problems in the past several months ... and it got so bad, that staffers on the Backstreet Boys' tour threatened to walk if he didn't get help.

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TMZ has learned A.J. -- who's struggled with abuse for years -- was so hammered and rowdy on a BB fan cruise last month, that several passengers lodged complaints ... with some even demanding a refund. 

One cruise staffer tells us  A.J. and his crew acted like "drunken fools" for the entire five-day trip.

But after the cruise, the abuse continued ... and more people in his life threatened to jump ship.

Sources close to the singer tell us A.J. became so difficult to work with during rehearsals for the upcoming BB tour that multiple people were "ready to quit."

Fortunately, A.J. decided to check himself into rehab a few days ago -- but he insists he'll be ready to go for his upcoming tour.

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31.

dd    

FIRE HIM!

1345 days ago
32.

janet    

Backstreet Boys who? Was this part of the boy band thing 15 years ago?

1345 days ago
33.

kev    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx3MQQvU79g

1345 days ago
34.

metro2176    

Agreed #23!!

Don’t you have to be an adult to go on a cruise?? What delusional grown ass person is gonna pay close to a grand or more to go on a cruise with THE BACKSTREET BOYS?? They must be huge fans of their “music” …. yeah right. I am 100% positive in the back of these crazy girls minds, they actually thought there was a glimmer of hope they would hook up with their favorite BSB, get a life!! You PAID to go on a cruise; they wouldn’t hang out within a ten mile radius of your fat ass otherwise. They have girlfriends and wives and if they didn’t, it wouldn’t be you… Get a grip and snap into reality, you wasted money on a trip where these has-beens pretended to enjoy hanging out with their fans, they don’t, they were PAID.
So sad… But funny!!

1345 days ago
35.

Peta Vale    

Mclean should read his last name and move to Scotland. Haha

1344 days ago
36.

Peta Vale    

Stay mclean dammit.

1344 days ago
37.

GabriellaFM    

He is the only one in the group that can actually sing- so I hope he gets clean for the band's sake (and of course his own)

1343 days ago
38.

Krissy    

My best friend and I went on this cruise, and this story is complete crap. We did have fan events that were scheduled every day and night, and yes the boys were drinking but NEVER did we see anyone get out of hand. They were very friendly as always, took the time to chat and take photos with everyone.

1343 days ago
39.

Anonymous    

Hahaha, the comments on here are retarded. To all who haven't used drugs and or alcohol - you aren't perfect. Just a bunch of boring ****ers with no lives. Why don't you all rot in your judgemental hell? :)

1343 days ago
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pollypurebred    

"My best friend and I went on this cruise, and this story is complete crap. We did have fan events that were scheduled every day and night, and yes the boys were drinking but NEVER did we see anyone get out of hand. They were very friendly as always, took the time to chat and take photos with everyone."

Posted at 5:48 PM on Jan 17, 2011 by Krissy

Well, it's nice that no one got out of hand. Should a recovering alcoholic be drinking at all?

1342 days ago
41.

Poor Mark    

If AJ could ever get back the balls it took to become a somebody for his audience and use those to become whatever individual he thinks he is for himself, maybe we could get back to the days when the backstreet boys smelled like bubblegum and underaged nipples instead of urine soaked crack house hallways with a splash of D&G.

1342 days ago
42.

Samantha     

"I HAVE NO PITTY FOR TRASH LIKE THIS WHO WASTE THEIR MONEY AND TALANT ON DRUGS...IF THEY DONT CARE ABOUT THEIR OWN LIVES WHY SHOULD WE..ALL DRUGS SHOULD BE FREE SO TRASH LIKE THIS (AND ALL JUNKIES) CAN POD AND FADE AWAY...THEY ARE A DISGRACE TO THEIR FAMILYS AND THEMSELVES...REHAB NEVER WORKS ...ADDICTION IS JUST A SIGN OF A WEAK SPIRT AND FAULTY MIND...AND I AM PERFECT, NEVER USED, NEVER DISGRACED MYSELF OR FAMILY, I AM GOD COMPAIRED TO THIS HUMAN TRASH..."

Well, I didn't know that God had a twin on this Earth. You should really check yourself first before you start lashing on others. I do not believe that you are 'PERFECT' what-so-ever, and that you have never disgraced yourself or others. If you hate AJ Mclean so much, then why even bother on posting something? Go do something productive with your life instead of posting mediocre comments that are so unbelievably outrageous and false. At least check your grammar before you post your ridiculous comments.

1341 days ago
43.

Laura    

This is stupid. Whoever wrote this article is an idiot. FIRST OFF it's "BSB" not "BB". SECOND OF ALL it was his vacation too! What adult dosen't drink or "get wasted" on their vacatioin? Honestly everyone needs to shut up. He is doing this to better himself because he has a long year ahead of him. Imagine being on the road for almost a year and a half. You don't really have a place to call home. There is no need to judge. EVERYONE over the age of 21 has the right to drink (in the U.S.) and most under do it too. So I'm sorry if you all are perfect and have never had one to many drinks but not everyone is you.

1341 days ago
44.

Poor Mark    

It is more than likely not the best way to form sentences but some choose to crap in the wc and others prefer to do it on a page.

Blood from a stone Sam

1339 days ago
45.

Ameerah    

hey dont believe everything you read people, TMZ just wants a story. A J and his family are in my prayers :) BSB is still very talented and will always still have fans regardless of what people think.

1339 days ago
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