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Backstreet's AJ McLean gets high on life, love

Backstreet’s AJ McLean gets high on life, love. The pop singer celebrates his upcoming nuptials and one year sober

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AJ McLean, Sarah Martin
AJ McLean and Sarah Martin: Tammie Arroyo/AFF/Retna

Betrothed Backstreet Boy AJ McLean isn’t married yet, but he’s already celebrating an anniversary. ”I’ve got about 20 more days, and I’ll be one year sober,” he said at VH1’s ”Divas Las Vegas.” ”So many people have so much talent and so much to look forward to if they just stop drinkin’ and druggin’.” McLean, 24, is now high on love. ”I found the woman of my dreams,” he proclaims of singer Sarah Martin, 26. Besides an upcoming BSB album, McLean is planning his Valentine’s Day, 2003, wedding. ”It’s going to be more like a production than a big old chapel wedding. We’re having a very romantic, Renaissance-style ceremony in old, old Hollywood, and I have the [Boys] as my groomsmen.” As for the toast, McLean says he’ll use Martinelli’s apple cider: ”It looks like champagne but it’s not.”