Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean fully supports 9-year-old daughter changing her name to Elliott

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Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean will support his children no matter what, after it was revealed his nine-year-old daughter wishes to change her name from Ava to Elliott.

The 44-year-old pop icon spoke to People about Ava's decision - after his wife, Rochelle, first announced the change on Instagram.

In a joint post, the couple wrote: "After two and half years of homeschool, these two beauties are back to school! Lyric is starting kindergarten and Elliott (Ava) is in fourth grade! I can't believe it! I'm so proud of these girls. As much as I am going to miss them, I'm excited to watch them spread their wings and fly!"

"When my daughter asked to change her name to Elliott, initially, I didn't know if it was a transgender thing, which it is not, but it is a personal choice. And it is her body, it's her name, it's her everything. And she's still Ava. She'll always be Ava to me," the father-of-two told the publication.

"But at the same time, whatever reasoning it is, that's hers, and I'm going to support it a million percent, my wife will [too]," he added.

McLean, who received nine Grammy nominations during his Backstreet Boys heyday in the late '90s and early 00's, revealed that the conversations around a potential name change began over 12 months ago, saying that his daughter had told him: "Dad, I just feel like my name is not that unique and not that original, and there's a lot of Avas at dance and a lot of Avas at school."

McLean's wife, Rochelle, later took to her Instagram stories to reaffirm that her daughter's name change was not related to a desire to change gender, writing: "For those asking … not that it's anyone's business but Elliott's name change is not a gender thing."

Rochelle also added that it was "odd" for parents to choose names for their children as babies, and expect them to go by their names for the rest of their lives.

"Anyway … so that's how Ava became Elliott. I knew once I put it out there people would have opinions, but be kind. She's just a kid trying to make her way in this crazy world! I just want her to know she can always be whoever she wants to be," she added.

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Rochelle and AJ have been married since 2011, and share two daughters together. McLean, a Florida native, was the first member of Backstreet Boys when they were formed in 1992, per StarPulse. As part of the legendary boyband, the 45-year-old sold a staggering 130 million records worldwide.

Amazingly, despite their phenomenal popularity, McLean and the Backstreet Boys never had a song top the Billboard 100. Nope, not even I Want It That Way (somehow only made it to number six!?), with Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) being the closest they came to the top spot, hitting number two in 1996. They join the likes of Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen as iconic acts who never had a number one song.

Being popular for numerous hits in the 90s and early 00s - such as 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' - the group has received nine Grammy Award nominations, as well as receiving five Billboard Music Awards.

Featured image credit: Albert L. Ortega/Getty

Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean fully supports 9-year-old daughter changing her name to Elliott

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By VT

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Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean will support his children no matter what, after it was revealed his nine-year-old daughter wishes to change her name from Ava to Elliott.

The 44-year-old pop icon spoke to People about Ava's decision - after his wife, Rochelle, first announced the change on Instagram.

In a joint post, the couple wrote: "After two and half years of homeschool, these two beauties are back to school! Lyric is starting kindergarten and Elliott (Ava) is in fourth grade! I can't believe it! I'm so proud of these girls. As much as I am going to miss them, I'm excited to watch them spread their wings and fly!"

"When my daughter asked to change her name to Elliott, initially, I didn't know if it was a transgender thing, which it is not, but it is a personal choice. And it is her body, it's her name, it's her everything. And she's still Ava. She'll always be Ava to me," the father-of-two told the publication.

"But at the same time, whatever reasoning it is, that's hers, and I'm going to support it a million percent, my wife will [too]," he added.

McLean, who received nine Grammy nominations during his Backstreet Boys heyday in the late '90s and early 00's, revealed that the conversations around a potential name change began over 12 months ago, saying that his daughter had told him: "Dad, I just feel like my name is not that unique and not that original, and there's a lot of Avas at dance and a lot of Avas at school."

McLean's wife, Rochelle, later took to her Instagram stories to reaffirm that her daughter's name change was not related to a desire to change gender, writing: "For those asking … not that it's anyone's business but Elliott's name change is not a gender thing."

Rochelle also added that it was "odd" for parents to choose names for their children as babies, and expect them to go by their names for the rest of their lives.

"Anyway … so that's how Ava became Elliott. I knew once I put it out there people would have opinions, but be kind. She's just a kid trying to make her way in this crazy world! I just want her to know she can always be whoever she wants to be," she added.

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Credit: Instagram

Rochelle and AJ have been married since 2011, and share two daughters together. McLean, a Florida native, was the first member of Backstreet Boys when they were formed in 1992, per StarPulse. As part of the legendary boyband, the 45-year-old sold a staggering 130 million records worldwide.

Amazingly, despite their phenomenal popularity, McLean and the Backstreet Boys never had a song top the Billboard 100. Nope, not even I Want It That Way (somehow only made it to number six!?), with Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) being the closest they came to the top spot, hitting number two in 1996. They join the likes of Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen as iconic acts who never had a number one song.

Being popular for numerous hits in the 90s and early 00s - such as 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' - the group has received nine Grammy Award nominations, as well as receiving five Billboard Music Awards.

Featured image credit: Albert L. Ortega/Getty