Is There a Backstreet Boys Rehab Curse?

Linda Sharps

Tell me why | Ain't nothin' but a heartache for the Backstreet Boys these days. You'd think they'd be on top of the world with their big plans to climb inside a time machine and travel back to 1996 tour with New Kids on the Block this summer, but things are looking rough for the no-longer-boy-band lately.

First A.J. McLean announced that he had returned to rehab, his third stint since dealing with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse problems in 2001 and again in 2002. In a statement issued to MTV News, McLean said,

"For personal reasons, I've checked myself into a rehab clinic. With 2011 being a busy year for Backstreet, I want to be healthy and at my best. Thank you for all of your support and respecting my family and friends' privacy during this time. I'll see you really soon."

Right afterwards, Aaron Carter (brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter), entered his own facility, citing "emotional and spiritual issues." The former Dancing With the Stars contestant checked into a private Southern California rehab center earlier this month, and his manager confirmed that he's taking a break from working on his new album in order to get treatment:

"(Aaron) has chosen to enter a facility where he feels he will get the guidance and cleansing he needs that will help him on the music journey he's about to take. He asks that everyone keep him in their prayers and that they respect his privacy at this time."

Carter also has a troubled past, including an arrest in 2008 in Texas for investigation of marijuana possession, and in 2009, it was revealed he owed more $1 million in back taxes.

I wonder what the common thread is between these two guys—too much money, too many temptations, too soon? Just bad luck? Why are the Backstreet Boys plagued with problems while the NKOTB are comparatively doing just fine? (Maybe because they take each day step by step?)

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