Rochelle Karidis & A.J. McLean

Rochelle Karidis and A. J. McLean
Rochelle Karidis and A. J. McLean  

Rochelle Karidis and A.J. McLean were married for 11 years. They dated for 9 months after getting together in Mar 2009. After a 1 year engagement they married on 17th Dec 2011. 11 years later they separated on 27th Mar 2023.

They had 2 children, Ava Jaymes (10) and Lyric Dean (6).


Rochelle Karidis is a 41 year old American Make-Up Artist. Born Rochelle Deanna Karidis on 7th October, 1981 in Phoenix, AZ, USA (Raised in Santa Clarita, CA since she was 8), she is famous for Hair/Makeup artist to the stars and the wife of AJ McLean. Her zodiac sign is Libra.

A.J. McLean is a 45 year old American Singer. Born Alexander James McLean on 9th January, 1978 in West Palm Beach, FL, USA, he is famous for Backstreet Boys. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating22nd Mar 2009 - 9th Jan 2010 9 months, 23 days
Engaged9th Jan 2010 - 17th Dec 2011 1 year, 11 months
Married17th Dec 2011 - Mar 2023 11 years, 2 months
Total Mar 2009 - Mar 2023 14 years

(December 17, 2011 - January 2023) separated, 2 children
F1. Ava Jaymes McLean (27 Nov 2012)
F2. Lyric Dean McLean (19 Mar 2017)
Married|2009 - present|Rochelle Karidis married AJ McLean on 17th Dec 2011. |2009-03-22||
Current Status
AJ McLean and Rochelle Karidis have been married for 9 years. They were dating for 10 months after getting together in Mar 2009. After 2 years of engagement, they married on 17th Dec 2011.
They have two daughters: Ava Jaymes, 8, and Lyric Dean, 3.
The Backstreet Boy also shared their adorable history, revealing that the two met in 2006, but their first date didn't happen until a full year later.
McLean said he first laid eyes on Rochelle when she was a Hollywood waitress and "asked her out."
But, instead of winning her over right then and there, she flatly rejected him and chose to go have fun with her friends instead.
Undeterred, the 42-year-old said he tried his luck a year later and the rest was history.
It happened on Friday night, January 8, 2010, at the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space nightclub., the [[Backstreet Boys|Backstreet Boy]] celebrated his birthday and in front of tons of people who witness the moment he went up the stage, called Karidis on stage as friends watched the DJ silence the music, got on one knee, and popped the question, with a gorgeous, stunning diamond ring he just bought before the proposal from Rocks the Jeweler inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and sources say that before the stroke of midnight and the date change becoming McLean’s birthday, he ran back to Wasted Space surprising his girlfriend with a shocking proposal, as you can imagine spectators were delighted but surprise and the same feeling were for their friends and Rochelle who were expecting him to do it the least bit. What a pleasant surprise! The source said, “he brought Rochelle up to the middle of the stage, stops the music, and proposed. She said yes and the crowd went crazy.”
A witness told People that, “She seemed very surprised and didn’t seem to know why he was getting on stage,” adding, “Even his friends were shocked. They all knew he was going to propose but didn’t think he would do it tonight.” Way to bring it AJ!
On December 17, 2011, he married Rochelle Deanna Karidis, in Beverly Hills, California. Their wedding was attended by his bandmates, among others. The Backstreet Boys singer married his longtime girlfriend, Rochelle Karidis, Saturday in Los Angeles, Us Weekly can confirm.
Attended by Kathy Griffin, New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre and BSB's Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, and Nick Carter, the couple's evening ceremony was held at the posh Beverly Hills Hotel and officiated by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields.
Saturday's nuptials were a long time coming for the pair, who postponed saying "I do" when McLean checked into rehab for the third time earlier this year.
The singer, who proposed to his girlfriend on his 32nd birthday in January 2010 during a live concert performance in Las Vegas, credits his new bride with encouraging his sobriety.
"I really miss and love [Rochelle]. You are my whole world and I cannot wait to spend my life with you," he recently tweeted, linking to his then-fiancee's Twitter handle. "Without you here, I am lost!" Rochelle was just married on December 17th, 2011, after a one-year engagement that began (how romantic) on his birthday, January 9th, 2010. so the wedding day was not rushed. She is one cool lady, so cool that she did not take her husband’s name as Rochelle McLean until 2016. See Rochelle Deanna Karidis in the adorable video below announcing the baby news in such a cute fashion that it cannot be missed. Here is the transcript:
“What’s up you guys. It’s AJ and Rochelle. Hello. Hi. I want to say thank you guys for all of your love and support. We recently got married. I was the most recent Backstreet Boy to take the plunge. And because we love you all so much, we wanted to share with you for the first time something very special. We’re having a baby! See you guys soon.” The couple had their first child Ava Jaymes McLean, on November 27, 2012, at 4:51 a.m. in Los Angeles, weighing 7 pounds and 7 ounces.

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Relationship Timeline

27th March, 2023 - Breakup

Is it the end — for now? AJ McLean and his wife, Rochelle McLean (née Karadis), confirmed they are going through a rough patch after 11 years of marriage.
“Marriage is hard but worth it. We have mutually decided to separate temporarily to work on ourselves and on our marriage with the hope of building a stronger future,” the estranged couple told Us Weekly in a statement on Monday, March 27.
The pair explained that the decision to separate would hopefully not last forever. “The plan is to come back together and continue to nurture our love for one another and our family,” AJ, 45, and Rochelle, 41, continued. “We ask for respect and privacy at this time. Separation is hard enough without the commentary, please be kind and remember there are children involved.”
The Dancing with the Stars alum started dating Rochelle in March 2009. After ten months of dating, the singer proposed during a trip to Las Vegas. The pair were married in a goth-themed ceremony in Beverly Hills in December 2011.
While participating in the ABC dance competition, McLean opened up about his relationship with his then-wife in a blog for Us, calling her his “rock.”
“As I said on the show, she’s my superhero,” the BSB crooner said at the time. “She has been through hell and back with me. If there was an award for everything she does daily, she deserves them all. But, the greatest reward I get from her daily is just a constant affirmation of love. She’s always there for me, it doesn’t matter what it is. She’s very supportive. She’s a great listener. We have amazing conversations — sometimes until the wee hours of the morning.”
In his blog, the “I Want It That Way” performer called Rochelle “breathtaking inside and out,” noting that she’s a fantastic wife and mother. “My wife means everything to me, as does the fact that she’s been here still, to this day, with me after all the bad things I’ve done in my life that have hurt people — especially her,” he continued.
The “No Place” singer explained how Rochelle has seen “the good in me and seen past ... the bad stuff” he did before getting sober. But, he explained at the time, “Things are the best they’ve ever been today, and I couldn’t ask for anything else.”
The couple shares two daughters, Ava, who now goes by Elliott, born in 2012, and Lyric, born in 2017.

19th March, 2017 - Child
Rochelle Karidis and A. J. McLean - Child - Lyric Dean

The shape of his heart! A.J. McLean and his wife, Rochelle, have welcomed their second child together, a baby girl, his rep confirms to Us Weekly.
The Backstreet Boys singer’s newborn was born in L.A. at 5:10 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. Little Lyric Dean weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 22 inches long.
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McLean, 39, announced in September 2016 that the couple was expanding their family. They are already parents of daughter Ava Jaymes, 4.
The “I Want It That Way” singer and Rochelle tied the knot in December 2011. Fellow celebs in attendance at his wedding included his bandmates — Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, and Nick Carter — as well as New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre and comedian Kathy Griffin.
Last month, McLean opened up about fatherhood during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I love being my little girl’s hero,” he said at the time. “It’s the greatest thing in the world. It makes me want to be a better father, a better husband, a better person. She is the spitting image of me [with] her personality and it’s the coolest thing in the world. To be a dad is the best job in the world.”

27th November, 2012 - Child
Rochelle Karidis and A. J. McLean - Child - Ava Jaymes

A.J. McLean and his wife Rochelle welcomed daughter Ava Jaymes McLean on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Los Angeles, the singer confirms.
“Rochelle and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our baby,” McLean, 34, writes on his website. “She arrived at 4:51 a.m. weighing 7 lbs., 7 oz. We are so in love with our bundle of joy and happy to have started our family now.”
After confirming the pregnancy via a video announcement in April, the parents-to-be brought back the cameras to reveal they were expecting a girl.
But while they were happy to share their news, their daughter wasn’t so ready to make her debut. On Saturday — her due date — Rochelle took to Twitter to admit the baby girl was taking her sweet time with her arrival.
“Come on AVA!!! It never takes Mommy this long to get ready!” she wrote. “Being punctual is a great quality to have!! Now come out so we can see you!!”

17th December, 2011 - Marriage
Rochelle Karidis and A. J. McLean - Marriage

AJ of the Backstreet Boys doesn't take care of his wedding preparations
No professional job is more complex than being a "wedding planner," AJ McLean - a Backstreet Boys member - makes sure.
Although he doesn't devote himself to that, the team's ringleader, who's preparing for his wedding with Rochelle Deanna Karidis, is the big hero for the singer and ballet dancer.
It's customary for most men to take a back seat in wedding planning. But Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean is getting ready to tie the knot with fiancée Rochelle Deanna Karidis. Before it all happened, he told People back in April and admitted exclusively to OK! to being super-involved in the planning, branding himself a very involved, extremely hands-on "groomzilla"!
"I'm hands-on," he said about planning his goth-themed evening ceremony.
The pair, who got engaged in Las Vegas, is planning to tie the knot in May, with AJ recently confessing he has turned into a groomzilla, planning the wedding while makeup artist Rochelle concentrates on her studies.
"When I realized everything that to do charm my profession is not so complicated as I believed. I prefer not to say his name; however, I acknowledge their work and congratulate you because I would go crazy. I am choosing flowers, the right colors, tables, and chairs like the one for the bride and the groom, pleasing moms, dads, and guests. It looks complex and worthy of welcome, "AJ said in an interview.
"I am the groomzilla. I am letting my fiancée deal with school, and I am taking on the added pressure, but we are perfect teammates, so we are helping each other out," the 32-year-old gushed good-naturedly to OK! at the 2nd Annual Get Lucky for Lupus event in L.A.
AJ could not be more excited for his upcoming wedding on May 14, especially with the help of celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss.
"When it comes to the flower arrangements, the food, the entertainment, she wants me to do it, so I have been meeting with our wedding planner, who is the most amazing wedding planner in the world, Mindy Weiss. So, she and her whole team are making it so easy for us," AJ explained Wednesday.
The Florida native even gave OK! a sneak peek at what to expect on the big day.
"I'll tell you that my fiancée is wearing a black dress, I am wearing a white suit, the theme is Moulin Rouge. I have some other friends who may perform and do our first dance."
But why Rochelle?
"It just clicked. We've been dating for a year and a half. I proposed to her (Rochelle) on my birthday in January. I just knew. There was this moment when you know. This is it. I am done searching the world."
AJ is already thinking about the future and having babies!
"We'd like to be married for a couple of years, enjoy it, and then get in lots and lots of practice. But I am going to have a girl, I know it! Brian Littrell has a boy, Howie Dorough has a boy, and I can guarantee mine will be a girl."
The wedding planning is between working on new music with his band OhYeah and a new Backstreet Boys record.
The hitch was supposed to happen in May, but AJ sought treatment "for personal reasons" in January and checked into a rehab center for a month, so the couple reportedly put it on hold. Still, McLean and Karidis have sent out 'Save the Date' notices to friends and family, asking them to keep December 17 free for the knot-tying!
Last year, the companion of Howie, Brian, and Nick proposed to his girl and wanted to marry in May, but because of all the preparations that lie ahead, he changed the date to the end of the year.
His band, with New Kids on the Block, is releasing their album, NKOTBSB, in three weeks, which contains the successful hits from both bands and remixes of shared successes.
So, you should know by now that the Backstreet Boys' resident bad boy, A.J. Mclean, is tying the knot this winter to his longtime girlfriend, Rochelle Deanna Karidis. What you might not have known is that it's going to be one of the sickest, "craziest" celebrity wedding celebrity weddings ever. Here to talk all about it is the wedding's minister - Tyler Shields!
Yeppers! The famed celebrity photographer revealed that as a close friend of A.J.'s, he would be presiding over the ceremony as the minister on December 17. He's dubbing it the "I Do Or Die wedding" between the pair and adds that it will be the Highlight of the year! He explains:
"I'm much more nervous about being the minister than when I'm taking photographs of young Hollywood. But I can promise people there will be plenty of surprises, and it will be one of the craziest celebrity weddings ever. A.J. are a friend of mine, and I'm pleased for them both and thrilled to be a part of their big day."
The couple is still planning the event, including plenty of big-name stars.
The couple postponed their wedding date after A.J. checked into rehab earlier this year.
The singer proposed to Karidis while he was celebrating his 32nd birthday in a Las Vegas nightclub – but they have now sent out notices to family and friends to keep their new December date free.
The happy couple is going for a Moulin Rouge-themed wedding, and it's understood they will be serenaded by his fellow Backstreet Boys members Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, and former bandmate Kevin Richardson.
Karidis and McLean want to hear the band's fans' favorite hit I Wants It That Way as their first dance song.
The Millionaire singer, who proposed to his longtime girlfriend on his 32nd birthday in January 2010 in Las Vegas, has credited his new bride as the person who helped him beat his drug addiction, encouraging his sobriety.
McLean previously wrote on his Twitter account, linking to his then-fiancée's Twitter handle: "I really miss and love @rochelle_deanna. You are my whole world, and I cannot wait to spend my life with you. W out u here I am lost!"
The very famous Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean will finally marry his fiancée, the beautiful Rochelle Karidis, on December 17 this year. There is something different and weird that the Backstreet Boys singer has tried. He selected the wedding invitation cards, but they were strange. Still, He's had blood on his mind, presuming all his guests must have completely freaked out by the invitations. The wedding invitations seem to have been dipped in red blood. It looks like he fantasizes about Gothic imagery and his invites with a death theme with the lettering that looked like it had been written in blood! Also, the black and red invite looked more like an invite to a Halloween party. It looked like Count Dracula or Ed Hardy designed them. They contain bloody lettering and creepy gothic imagery. So, the guests could make out that the nuptials will be unconventional.
Wedding invitations
The wedding invitations said it all. The entire cards were black and were peculiarly featured with borders. In addition, the words were written with dark red ink. All this indicated that the wedding had a Gothic theme.
A.J McLean's Gothic wedding theme
According to reports by TMZ, the wedding has been planned so that the whole idea can leave you with a Gothic feeling, and they give fans pics of the death-themed invites. For example, the lettering of the invites contains bloody red writing. The venue of the Gothic wedding ceremony has been planned and will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel -- and celeb photographer Tyler Shields is officiating. So, he is the one who has got an opportunity to capture all the fantastic and unique wedding moments. As per him, this is the craziest wedding of a celebrity that is going to take place.
There is undoubtedly a touch of McLean's characteristic dark stylistics in the invitations. A week earlier, guests received a Gothic, death-themed invitation that came inside a box with an RSVP card for them to confirm if they could attend or could not, a dance card where the dance and dinner would follow, and don’t get your hopes up for pics, though.
Wedding Elegance
The theme has been disclosed in the reports. According to the invites, they ask you not to bring cameras or mobile cell phones, noting that they were not allowed. But, of course, all cell phones and cameras are banned in the wedding venue from the wedding celebration. We will get a visual scoop soon! Mindy Weiss, the chief wedding planner, is excited because of the unusual wedding theme. She also says that since it is Gothic, she has been working hard to make it a success and is trying all possible ways to make this wedding elegant. The challenges have been coming her way, but she loves the road paved with challenges. All the members of the Backstreet Boys will surely attend the wedding.
If the invite is a prelude to the wedding theme, then Gothic would have been most certainly the theme, but that was not so. A.J. himself had mentioned that he would wear a white suit, whereas his fiancée would be wearing a black dress with Moulin Rouge as the wedding theme!
A.J. McLean and his former Backstreet Boys bandmate Kevin Richardson meet up at Katsuya in Hollywood for A.J's bachelor party. A.J. is set to marry Rochelle Deanna Karidis - the woman he credits helping him beat his addiction problems - in December.
The night before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held to which McLean and Karidis invited the closest family and friends. On the same day, a close friend of AJ & Rochelle, Dominique, was celebrating her birthday.
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On Saturday, McLean took to his Twitter account to thank his fans for their support in the run-up to his big day and posted a picture of himself looking calm and collected while donning a pair of sunglasses. He tweeted: "Thanks for all the support and a married I will be. (sic)"
Judging from McLean's tweets, the boy band star couldn't wait to tie the knot with his lady love. So, the night before the nuptials, in an earlier message, the singer took to his Twitter to express his anticipation regarding his walk down the aisle, Tweeting, "Wedding is tomorrow, Ro and I could barely sleep last night, I think we're a little excited!" He even wrote in the days leading up to the wedding event: "I'm so nervous and excited for tomorrow."
The 33-year-old boy band singer Alexander James McLean, known as A.J., finally married his model girlfriend Rochelle DeAnna Karidis in a long-expected Goth-themed ceremony, officiated by photographer pal Tyler Shields on Saturday (December 17, 2011) over the weekend at the posh Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles — we're so happy for the loving couple!
Monday morning, SheKnows spoke with Fellow Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough, who'd just returned to Florida after attending McLean's nuptials and was still recovering from the wedding weekend. He revealed to that the intimate ceremony wasn't the typical tearjerker. "It was such a hilarious wedding," said Dorough. He wouldn't describe it as usual or traditional, but it was great. "It was unbelievable and crazy," he said. "Very gothic, very out there."
Instead of an over-the-top romantic setting, the couple opted for a Goth theme. Regarding McLean's choice of decor, Dorough joked, "I wouldn't expect anything different or less from A.J. He's crazy out there."
The gothic-themed wedding may be unconventional, but it was a labor of love for the couple. Before the ceremony, McLean, wearing a red bow tie with his suit, waited and hung with his groomsmen and "looked happy and excited," says a guest.
According to PEOPLE, modeling a Vera Wang gown, Karidis reportedly walked down the aisle to the tune of Guns N' Roses' power ballad anthem "November Rain." She exchanged vows with McLean under a clear tent on the Crystal Lawn, filled with white rose petals, under an embellished decorated gazebo covered in white hydrangeas. At the same time, guests were surrounded by warm glowing elements like romantic roman chandeliers. So gorgeous! Regarding the actual vows, celeb wedding planner Mindy Weiss reportedly planned the event and the vows. Instead of acquiring a priest, the modern evening wedding ceremony held outside in the hotel's back garden was officiated by his pal and celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, according to Us Weekly.
During the momentous occasion, the remaining Backstreet Boys happily took a backseat to the groom. "Me and the guys, we all were able to sit and watch the wedding, which was great," said Dorough. "I liked being a spectator. You get the full view of everything happening. It was lots of fun, and all the guys were there. It was great seeing another one of our guys go down that aisle."
According to, The nuptials were attracted and Attended Surrounded by friends and family. The ceremony was a nostalgic throwback to the '90s pop scene. Other guests included celebrity guests such as comedienne
Kathy Griffin, New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre, and all A.J.'s fellow Backstreet Boys bandmates (former member)
Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, and Dorough.
So, to match everything, their wedding bands also seem inspired by the Gothic colors of red, black, and white! Their recent picture shows proof of the couple showing off their dazzling coordinated diamond-encrusted wedding rings and nail polish, with McLean sporting black with a red heart on his ring finger and Karidis wearing red with a black heart on hers and heavily tattooed hands. As for their matching wedding bands, Karidis's is black with diamonds, and McLean's is red with a single diamond. Even the sheer pale whiteness of Rochelle's skin adds to the Gothic look! So, it looks like they have a thing going for Gothic! It's a fitting color scheme for McLean and Karidis after McLean proposed onstage at the Hard Rock Hotel's nightclub in Las Vegas in January 2010.
Following the exchange of vows, Once the pair were pronounced husband and wife, it was time to unwind. After the intimate ceremony service, guests continued the celebrations. Next, they headed to the hotel's Crystal ballroom for a goth-inspired evening of food and dance reception filled with dancing (and dinner, of course), where guests dined and danced following the intimate "I Do's"... When it came to the reception, you couldn't stop the guests from cutting a rug. Dorough exclaimed, "There was a lot of dancing, that's for sure. All of us, all the Backstreet Boys, were out there on the floor. We partied. We danced our butts off."
The most rebellious guy of the Backstreet Boys, McLean could hardly contain his excitement in the days leading up to the Saturday festivities. The inked pair have been waiting for this joyful day for a long time after previously postponed saying "I do" to give the pop singer time to recover from his third stint in rehab for the third time to receive treatment early this year in January. He has been in rehabilitation rehab twice, in 2001 and 2002, for alcohol and drug addiction, but he's clean, thanks to his new bride, and now feels the whole intention of improving and of not relapsing. "I am a delighted man; we are doing a tour; I do what I like. I have always liked my profession to the maximum and enjoy it a hundred percent. I am thrilled to be with the woman that I love, and she loves me, and I am very much grateful to the life to be sober, recovered, clear, and enjoy every moment". It came just two months after the singer and the Backstreet Boys announced plans to stage a comeback, followed by them teaming up with the New Kids on the Block as the temporary boy band supergroup NKOTBSB for their successful NKOTBSB tour, making it the 17th highest grossing tour of 2011.
"I met my match, my equal, my best friend for life," he says. "The only woman alive to tame the savage beast."
McLean adds, "The best part of our wedding day? Our wedding day was the most kickass wedding, in my opinion, in history!"
While they had a wonderful day, A.J. McLean and his new wife, Rochelle DeAnna Karidis, tried to sneak out of their wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel early, but the guests scuppered their plan, and it didn't go as planned.
He said: "We tried to sneak out early, but my dumbass stopped and talked to everyone on the way out the door. Once we returned to our hotel room, we crashed on our couch, exhausted and starving, and took it all in. We ordered room service and then went straight to sleep. It's been a whirlwind; this is huge. And, of course, the next big thing is kids."
Preparing to add to the McLean clan, the singer and Karidis recently moved from Hollywood to the Valley area of Los Angeles to live in a bigger home in preparation to start a family earlier this year because it offered more space "to raise a family," he said in the Spring. But as for plans to start a family, he is in no rush to hear the pitter-patter of little feet just yet. McLean recently told People that he's in no hurry to have children. "I think we'll be married for about three years before we have kids," he added. So, while the couple is hoping to have children, they are planning to wait a while so they can enjoy being a married couple first. It looks like he's making a good decision after all those trips to rehab; he'd better sober for a couple of years before taking on serious responsibility!
Thanks to JoJo Wright, we have learned some details about the wedding:
- The theme of the wedding was gothic
- A.J was accompanied to the altar by the song "Swat Team."
- Rochelle was wearing an epic black Dolce & Gabbana suit.
- All the BSBs were there.
- On the way to the altar, the songs "Crush" by Garbage and "November Rain" was sung by a children's choir.
- He had some drinks with Howie and his wife after the wedding and talked to Brian on the dance floor; Kevin and Brian's children Mason and Baylee were there and enjoyed the party by dancing.
- He and his wife were sitting at the same table as Joey McIntyre (NKOTB), his wife, and Kathy Griffin
- Brian gave a lovely speech congratulating the couple. (The 33-year-old loved the jokes at his expense because it was what he expected on his wedding day.)
- Guests all receive a black and red favor gift bag
As previously reported on, The couple became engaged back in January of 2010, nearly two years ago, when McLean took the stage, brought out, and proposed to Karidis on stage to the delight of the audience while celebrating his 32nd birthday at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas — how adorable!
We hope they're delighted together! It sounds like a fun evening. Congrats to the happy couple, AJ and Rochelle!!
Due to the separation of model Heidi Klum, they conducted an interview some time ago and interviewed the Wedding Planner, Mindy Weiss, who organized the wedding of AJ & Rochelle. During the note, Mindy makes a tiny mention of the McLean ceremony.
"They wanted a Gothic theme. We painted by hand the blood-dripping that fell from the tablecloths. The centerpieces were hearts of red roses with a dagger on them. They were very colorful and with a lot of personalities. I always tell the couples to personalize them. In the end, no one wondered what wedding he was at." Mindy Weiss
The couple is all about putting a spin on tradition. Way to make it unique, you two!
Sealed with a Kiss
After proposing two years ago on stage in Las Vegas, AJ finally tied the knot with his "best friend," Rochelle.
From skeletons to swords, the Backstreet Boys and his bride take In Touch inside their spooky celebration.
When the Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean and his Makeup artist fiancée, Rochelle Deanna Karidis, began planning their wedding, they envisioned a "Glam Goth" affair that wouldn't look out a place in Time Burton's eerie escapade Beetlejuice. "We had some petty off-the-wall ideas," AJ reveals to In Touch in an exclusive interview. So, with the help of wedding planner-to-star Mindy Weiss – Who masterminded Katy Perry and Russell Brand's innovative Indian "I do's" – AJ and Rochelle tied the knot suitably ghoulish style at the Beverly Hills Hotel on December 17.
"It was a complete fantasy," recalls AJ. "We had 'blood' dripping off tables, crosses, candles, daggers, and skulls, plus thousands and thousands of red and black roses."
Though the couple went away over budget (spending close to $400.000), AJ says the splurge was well worth it: "It was bigger and better than we ever could have imagined."
Personal Touches
But while the wedding had a sinister and spooky theme, it didn't lack a sweet and sentimental sensibility:
The bride walked down the aisle to Guns N' Roses' "November Rain" (a dedication to Rochelle's dad); AJ's close friend, celebrity photographer Tyler Shields officiated the deeply personal ceremony; and the couple – who postponed their first attempt while AJ sought treatment for his alcohol addiction – exchanged heartfelt vows in front of 250 loved ones. "We said, "Let's be honest in the moment and just say what's on our minds and in our heart" explains AJ. "We barely made it through without crying!"
Their first dance song? OneRepublic's "All This Time." "It's about being on the road and away from the person you love and who – and I know this may sound kind of cheesy and Jerry Maguire – but who does complete you," says AJ, who serenaded his new bride. At the same time, they danced, after which guests boogied down on the red lacquer floor and ate ricotta-stuffed gnocchi, Crapese salad, sea bass, and filet mignon.
Next up for the couple? "We want to start a family," reveals AJ. But first, it's off to a ten-day honeymoon in Bora Bora. "We can't wait."
In keeping with the black-and-red theme, Rochelle wore a "soft and elegant" Vera Wang gown, while AJ accessorized a Hugo Boss suit with a bright-red bow tie and shoes!
AJ's bandmates Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, and Howie Dorough, here with New Kids on The Block's Joey McIntyre, gave "inspirational, heartfelt" speeches. "It's cool to see all my boys happy for me, and they all love Ro," notes AJ.
Each layer of the five-tier cake by Charm City Cakes differed from red velvet to fudge brownie.
"The most unusual request was for hand-painted 'blood' dripping down the tablecloths," says wedding planner Mindy Weiss.
XIV Karats in Beverly Hills designed one-of-a-kind infinity bands with black and white diamonds and rubies.
"Kathy Griffin has always had a little crush on AJ," laughs Rochelle of the comedian, who brought along marketing manager Randy Bick.
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I'm not perfect, but I try every day to be sober.
After battling his demons in rehab, Backstreet Boy AJ McLean weds his long-suffering lady...
When the invites went out, red swirls – were that blood spatters? – on embossed gold and black, it was clear this was no traditional wedding. Instead, Alexander James Mclean, aka AJ, a Backstreet Boy (and, as some would say, the dangerous one), was celebrating his love for Rochelle Deanna Karidis in a Gothic ceremony at LA's famous Beverly Hills Hotel – and the bride was wearing black!
AJ, now 33 with 16 years in one of the world's biggest pop bands, has always been the unconventional sort – there's the piercing eyeliner and tattoos for a start. Then Rochelle, 30, a waitress turned makeup artist, also has tattoos from her wrists right up her arms.
AJ and Rochelle gathered friends and family to celebrate their somber promise that they'd love each other forever, no matter what. When twilight finally made the day's shadows grow longer, and the tune #1 Crush by Garbage gave way to Guns N' Roses' November Rain, banks of church candles in red holders were lit to guide Rochelle down a carpet of white rose petals and down to the garden altar. Tyler Shields, photographer to the stars and today's wedding officiator, along with best man Chris Cecere and a very nervous groom, waited to meet her gaze.
AJ and Rochelle exchanged their vows from the heart, and the singer later told us, "We looked at each other and said how we felt. I could have said a few things, but I'm glad I didn't. It would have been a frickin' tearfest!"
The bride stated, "Ditto." 'The crowd laughed, and I kept it short and sweet,' she gushed. Then, thinking of AJ's recent stint in rehab for substance abuse, she told us, "We've been through a lot, and I'll be there through whatever else."
Following the special day, OK! spoke to the newlyweds. Here, we have the lowdown on the cheeky Backstreet Boys speeches and why it all went a bit Nacho Libre in the end.
Congratulations! How does it feel to be married?
AJ: Amazing. We keep catching ourselves staring at our rings. It's incredible, a dream come true.
Rochelle: I'm thrilled. My girlfriends are already calling me "Mrs. Mclean"! It's going to take a bit of getting used to, but it's excellent!
You had a stunning red-and-black theme – was it fun to plan?
AJ: The whole thing was ten million times bigger and better than I could have dreamed of.
Rochelle: Our wedding planner Mindy Weiss took a lot of inspiration from one of my tattoos, so there were roses everywhere. AJ is more of a planner than me and had these big ideas about blood dripping and Gothic touches. So, I was along for the ride!
Rochelle, did you always know you wanted a black wedding gown?
I heard Vera Wang had a black wedding dress, so I went to see it. I looked in the mirror with it on in the shop when AJ walked in! So, he saw me in it before our wedding day.
AJ: We're kind of unconventional! My brother-in-law, Andre, bought Mexican wrestling masks for all the groomsmen to wear – it was a very Nacho Libre way for him to break the ice!
Were there any emotional moments?
AJ: I just tried not to look at my mom because I knew that if I did, I would end up in tears. I did get choked up a couple of times!
Rochelle: I walked down the aisle to Guns N' Roses' November Rain in tribute to my dad, who couldn't be at the wedding for personal family reasons, so I lost it. But my mom and I looked at each other, and I sucked it up!
AJ: Our first dance was also exceptional – OneRepublic's All This Time. I sang. We were lost in the moment; we gripped each other so tightly!
AJ, your Backstreet Boys bandmates were out in full force – did they embarrass you in their wedding speeches?
AJ: They said they would roast me and tease me a bit, but mostly they gave me words of wisdom and encouragement. Nick's speech was the weirdest. He called Rochelle Lydia and said we were characters out of Beetlejuice. I loved the speeches by my best man Chris and Rochelle's maid of honor and her sister Priscilla. Let's say Rochelle, and I were sober at the wedding – no one else was!
What did you say to each other once the guests had gone home?
AJ: We tried to sneak out early, but my dumbass stopped and talked to everyone on the way out the door. Once we returned to our hotel room, we just crashed on the couch, exhausted and starving, and took it all in. Then, we ordered room service and went straight to sleep! It's been a whirlwind, and this is huge. And, of course, the next big thing is kids!
Did you say it – are kids in the plan?
AJ: Not anytime soon. We want to enjoy our marriage for a few years because having kids is beautiful, but it's a lot of work!
Rochelle: I'm not getting broody yet. I'm okay with waiting for a couple of years. We want to get settled into marriage first. Being a parent is a life-long job!
Remind us how you guys met
AJ: Rochelle used to work as a bartender and waitress at Saddleback Ranch. I asked her out almost six years ago, and she said yes. So, I asked her to come to my house to watch a movie.
Rochelle: I was like, "What kind of girl does he think I am?"
AJ: I ended up dating someone else for a year and a half.
Rochelle: Then he came in again, and I was so mortified to wait on him again because I didn't think he'd remember me – but he did!
AJ: You're kind of hard to forget, babe.
Rochelle, were you worried about getting involved with someone in showbiz?
Rochelle: The first time I saw him, I had no idea who he was! He introduced himself as Alex. I was like, who is this AJ? The funny thing is my older brother worked on the Backstreet's Back music video. Many of my family has been in the entertainment business, mainly behind the camera.
AJ: When I was younger, I had fun on the road living the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, but I did have six relationships, maybe. Then something clicked on my birthday two years ago in Las Vegas. I knew this was who I wanted to spend my life with, so I proposed and threw her through a loop, but my mom was proud!
Your big day was scheduled for May 2011, but it was postponed
AJ: It was, but you know what? It made it better for both of us. I know people thought I postponed it to go to rehab, but I was already five months out of rehab. It was because I would've been on tour right after the wedding.
After AJ's battle with addiction, Rochelle - you're a girl who stands by her man...
I am! It was a rough road learning about addiction and adjusting to my role in helping him recover. But it's been great ever since. AJ has been working hard on the program, and it's such a breath of fresh air.
AJ, was there a time when you worried your demons would be too much for Rochelle to bear?
There was a long stint where I was out of control and getting worse. So, I have no idea what it's like to be on the receiving end. She's (Rochelle) never picked up a drug in her life, and although she was never a big drinker, she's been sobered for two years to be supportive. So, Rochelle had ample opportunity to walk away. But, as they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
You feel to know what the bad times feel like
Yes, and God forbid I relapse. I genuinely try to put Rochelle's feelings first. Is it worth it to go out, get drunk, and come home and deal with the repercussions? Now it's not. I'm not perfect, but I try to stay sober every day, and being straight at my wedding was incredible. I could absorb it, even though it's all kind of a blur!
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
AJ: We're going to Bora Bora in Tahiti in January. We're off to where they shot Couple Retreat, with the little private bungalows over the water.
Rochelle: When AJ tours with NKOTBSB in April, I'm coming to London. My whole life, I have always wanted to go there!
AJ: If I could live in any place outside of the continental U.S., it would be there!
Finally, what is the secret of staying happy together?
Rochelle: Communication, understanding, and supporting each other through our lives and careers. He understands I can't come on the road with him for three months.
AJ: I am not ashamed to say we go to couples’ therapy. And, of course, loyalty and faithfulness. We love each other, and that's never going to change, and if it did, it would only be to give our love even more strength.

9th January, 2010 - Engagement
Rochelle Karidis and A. J. McLean - Engagement

Well, she will never forget the backdrop. A.J. McLean had a birthday to remember this year. With years of being part of the boy band the Backstreet Boys behind him, fans heaved a collective sigh when another member, AJ McLean, went off the market as he quit playing games with his girlfriend's heart. Instead, the boy-bander proposed to his model girlfriend on stage at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Wasted Space nightclub, where he celebrated his 32nd birthday last weekend, according to recent reports. Luckily for the 32-year-old vocalist, Rochelle Deanna Karidis accepted AJ's sudden proposal, his rep confirmed to MTV News.
McLean knew it was time to make Karidis an honest woman spoke to MTV News about the engagement and said he couldn't have picked a better girl to make his future Mrs. McLean.
"I had this on my mind for months now, and there were talks amongst me and some of my friends, and actually, I kind of brought it up to [bandmate] Howie [Dorough] once before, as well as Nick [Carter], about possibly doing it on New Year's," he revealed. "I said, 'No, I'm going to wait a little bit longer.' Something clicked. We were having dinner at Nobu before it, and I was like, 'I'm just done. I'm done, and this is the one, and she's phenomenal.'"
Karidis and McLean have been dating for nearly a year, and the Backstreet Boy said he'd found his match. "She is my true best friend," he said. "She (Rochelle) is amazing. She's very talented, supportive, and understanding. She's everything you can want in someone, plus 10-gazillion more. That night, I looked at her and said, 'I'm gonna do it tonight.' "
It happened on Friday night, January 8, 2010, at the Hard Rock's Wasted Space nightclub inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Backstreet Boy's dreamy bad boy (they're still together!) came to the venue, hanging out with his girlfriend and friends to celebrate his 32nd birthday Friday night in Las Vegas. While at Wasted Space, McLean snuck out to purchase a gift for his girlfriend. He had initially planned on buying a bracelet, but instead, he opted for a more significant upgrade, an engagement ring.
A source told E! Online that McLean reportedly bought the beautiful gorgeous, stunning engagement diamond ring only a few hours before the public proposal inside the Hard Rock Hotel's jewelry store, Rocks The Jewelers, that night. "The ring is a one of a kind," McLean explained. "It is a square head with princess-cut diamonds surrounding it and a one-carat diamond in the center. There are also about 20 or 25 princess-cut diamonds on the actual band. It's a gorgeous ring." McLean quickly rushed back to Wasted Space for the strike of midnight and the change of date to Jan. 9. Shortly after midnight, the morning of his birthday, he reportedly jumped on the stage and invited Karidis to join him as friends watched the DJ silence the music.
He admitted that he didn't doubt that she would accept his proposal. "I [wasn't] nervous that she'd say no," he said. "I was more nervous than she wouldn't feel comfortable in front of a crowd."
McLean said proposing onstage was how he always imagined he would pop the question. "That was something else I always wanted to do," he said. "I had this childhood fantasy of, once I do propose, it's just somehow got to be onstage. So I just went up there and grabbed a mic."
"He got up on stage, and the DJ turned the music off." A witness told People and E! Online that of Karidis, "She seemed very surprised and didn't seem to know why he was getting on stage," adding, "Even his friends were shocked. They all knew he was going to propose but didn't think he would do it tonight." A photo from the event shows McLean kneeling and holding out a ring. An Us Weekly source added, "So he asked brought her to come up to the middle of the stage, stopped the music, When she did, the singer dropped down to one knee and said that they had been dating for a long time took the ring out of his pocket, and proposed in front of 300 people, and she squatted down with him. Then, Of course, She said, "Yes!" and hugged him, and the crowd went crazy. He took the ring out of his pocket and put it on her hand, and they left the club shortly after this happened." As you can imagine, the spectators were delighted. Still, surprise and the same feeling were for their friends and Rochelle, who were expecting him to do it the least bit. What a pleasant surprise! It may have been spur-of-the-moment, but that doesn't make it any less romantic. Way to bring it, AJ!
According to E!, The next day, the newly engaged pair betrothed duo plan to continue celebrating AJ's birthday and wedding-to-be engagement celebration tonight at another Hard Rock's club, the newly-opened Vanity nightclub. They were presented with a bottle of champagne by co-owner of the club Jason Giambi, who also celebrated his 39th birthday with friends that night. McLean and his fiancée are staying in the new HRH Tower Spa Suite. Congrats to the happy couple!
McLean isn't the only Backstreet Boy excited about the engagement. "Nick was extremely happy for me," he said. "Howie didn't know. So I texted Howie [on my birthday]...and he sent me one back in all capitals, all exclamation points: 'Finally! Congratulations.' I haven't heard from Brian yet, but I have heard that he sends his best through management because Brian has been swamped with his family."
As for the rest of the Boys, their seventh full-length album hit shelves back in October, and a second greatest hits album, Playlist: The Very Best of the Backstreet Boys, is set for a Jan. 26, 2010 release.

22nd March, 2009 - Hookup
Rochelle Karidis and A. J. McLean - Hookup

After experiencing the excitement of seeing the Backstreet Boys Into The Millennium Tour in Las Vegas on October 17, 1999, AJ met Rochelle at Choreographers Carnival in October 2001, where she was a 19-year-old dancer performing a Halloween piece. Still, they didn't start dating until she worked as a Hollywood waitress and bartender at the Saddleback Ranch Chop House restaurant, the Old West-themed steak house. At first, in November 2006, AJ tried to win her heart with his Shakespeare sonnet poetry and "asked her out." on Sunday morning. Still, instead of winning her over, she, unfortunately, flaked and flatly rejected him on their first date after "finding out" he was a Backstreet Boy and chose to go have fun with her friends instead, so he went out with a crazy ex-coworker of hers until a year and a half. Then, finally, Rochelle waited and started dating him after realizing her older brother worked with him on one of the band's music videos, Everybody (Backstreet's Back). So she gave him a chance to take her out on an actual first date to dinner at a restaurant called Camacho's and a horror movie, The Last House on the Left, on March 22, 2009. "It was the best worst first date ever, lol. There was Mexican food, a band that wouldn't shut up, and a very graphic horror film! From that day to that moment, I knew this was someone special. We couldn't blow our noses 'cause it grossed us out!" AJ stated it in an Instagram post back in 2016.

Couple Comparison

Rochelle Karidis
A.J. McLean
Rochelle Karidis
A.J. McLean
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 0" (152 cm)
5' 9" (175 cm)
Make-Up Artist
Hair Color
Brown - Dark
Eye Color
Brown - Dark
Greek Orthodox


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sole and alexDec 25, 2009

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