Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Wants To Help Justin Bieber, From One Rebel to Another

Once upon a time, there was a boy band called the Backstreet Boys, and they were cute and sang to kajillions of pre-pubescent girls and wore questionable outfits. But the "rebellious one," A.J. McLean, went on a downward spiral of drug and alcohol addiction. Fast forward to today, when the #1 teen heartthrob of America (ugh), Justin Bieber, has been arrested after smoking and taking pills, is apparently allergic to wearing shirts, and reportedly loves drinking sizzurp.

McLean, who went to rehab in 2001 and 2002 and is now clean, wants to reach out to Justin Bieber, because he sees in Bieber what he was himself at one time: a young boy in trouble. The 36-year-old plans to contact Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, and set something up, because McLean knows the benefits of being around "really supportive people who didn't 'yes' us to death," he says.

Better you than me, A.J.

If that's the way we're looking at it, I think it's not so much a cry as it is a whale of a tantrum/meltdown.

Look, Biebs. The Backstreet Boys may seem kind of corny to you, but guess what: THEY'RE NOT (screams my 12-year-old self, grooving along to Millenium on my Discman with braces on my teeth and butterfly clips in my hair). Without them, you would have never had a chance, since they bravely paved the way for you by testing out tightly-choreographed dance moves, low-slung pants, and enthralling melodies that made girls wilt. Wearing sunglasses indoors with fingerless gloves and sporting a bouffant was all you, however.

All in all, it's really nice of A.J. to offer to do his once-a-troubled-teen-heartthrob good deed. Biebs, it's probably best that you sit your tiny ass down with A.J. and have a chat. After all, if you're going to hang out with one of the Backstreet Boys, it's better that it's the rebellious and fiery one and not Howie Dorough, the sweet one.

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