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AJ McClean says he supports his nine-year-old daughter’s decision to change her name to Elliott

AJ McLean spoke about his nine-year-old daughter’s decision to change her name from Ava to Elliott.

The 44-year-old singer expressed that, though he and his spouse, Rochelle Karidis,  didn’t anticipate the change, they had been absolutely supportive of their kid’s decision throughout an interview with People that was shared on Friday.

The performer expressed that, though he supported the decision, he was nonetheless keen on his daughter’s former name: ‘It is her physique, it is her name, it is her every part. And she’s nonetheless Ava. She’ll at all times be Ava to me,’ he mentioned.

Opening up: AJ McLean spoke about his nine-year-old daughter’s decision to change her name from Ava to Elliott in a brand new interview; He is seen with daughters Elliot (L) and Lyric, 5, in 2021

The Backstreet Boys member and his spouse, who mentioned their vows in 2011, share Elliott in addition to their youthful daughter Lyric, aged 5. 

McLean identified that his eldest kid’s decision to change her name didn’t imply that she started figuring out as a male.

‘When my daughter requested to change her name to Elliott, initially, I did not know if it was a transgender factor, which it isn’t, however it’s a personal alternative,’ he mentioned.

Supportive: The 44-year-old singer expressed that, although he and his wife, Rochelle Karidis, did not expect the change, they were fully supportive of their child's decision

Supportive: The 44-year-old singer expressed that, though he and his spouse, Rochelle Karidis, didn’t anticipate the change, they had been absolutely supportive of their kid’s decision

Holding on: He revealed that though he was supportive, his daughter was still Ava to him: 'It is her body, it's her name, it's her everything. And she's still Ava. She'll always be Ava to me'

Holding on: He revealed that although he was supportive, his daughter was nonetheless Ava to him: ‘It is her physique, it is her name, it is her every part. And she’s nonetheless Ava. She’ll at all times be Ava to me’

McClean then remarked that he and Karidis wished to let their daughter make her personal decisions.

‘Whatever reasoning it’s, that is hers, and I’m going to assist it one million %, my spouse will [too],’ he said.

The hitmaker recalled that his daughter selected to change her name in an effort to differentiate herself from her pals. 

He mentioned that she advised 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.”‘

Personal choice: McLean shared that despite the name change, Elliot does not identify as a male. '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'; Pictured 2016

Personal alternative: McLean shared that regardless of the name change, Elliot doesn’t establish as a male. ‘When my daughter requested to change her name to Elliott, initially, I did not know if it was a transgender factor, which it isn’t, however it’s a personal alternative’; Pictured 2016

McClean went on to comment that he and his spouse wished to encourage their kids to comply with their aspirations. 

‘Whatever journey each my women have, I will probably be of their nook one million %, my spouse will probably be of their nook and assist them, no matter their path is and no matter their journey is. That’s simply the household that we’re,’ he mentioned.

The singer and his spouse initially met within the early 2000s, though they didn’t start courting till 2009.

The hitmaker was beforehand linked to a number of different people, and he was briefly engaged to Sarah Martin.

Reasoning: The hitmaker recalled that his daughter chose to change her name in an effort to differentiate herself from her friends, after she told him 'Dad, I just feel like my name is not that unique and not that original'

Reasoning: The hitmaker recalled that his daughter selected to change her name in an effort to differentiate herself from her pals, after she advised him ‘Dad, I simply really feel like my name shouldn’t be that distinctive and never that unique’

McClean and Karadis went on to turn into engaged in 2010, they usually tied the knot the next year.

The blissful couple subsequently started a household with Elliott’s beginning in 2012.

The pair later expanded their household with Lyric’s arrival 5 years later, and their daughters have made a number of appearances in numerous social media posts through the years. 

Proud parents: The pair welcomed Elliot in 2012, and later expanded their family with Lyric's arrival five years later

Proud mother and father: The pair welcomed Elliot in 2012, and later expanded their household with Lyric’s arrival 5 years later

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