Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean says it was his 9-year-old daughter's 'personal choice' to change her name to Elliott: 'It is her body, it's her name'




 
  • Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean discussed his daughter's decision to change her name from Ava to Elliott.

  • McLean told People that it was not "a transgender thing" but a "personal choice" by his daughter.

  • McLean said that Elliott felt that her old name, Ava, was "not that unique and not that original."

The Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean opened up about his 9-year-old daughter's decision to change her name from Ava to Elliott.

McLean told People that he will "support" his daughter's name change regardless of the reason.

"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," McLean said. "It is her body, it's her name, it's her everything."

Elliott's name change was first announced by her mom in a back-to-school post on Instagram last month.

"She's still Ava. She'll always be Ava to me," McLean told People. "But at the same time, whatever reasoning it is, that's hers, and I'm going to support it a million percent, my wife will (too)."

McLean added that Elliott first picked her new name over a year ago, according to People.

He recalled his daughter saying: "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."

On her Instagram Story, McLean's wife Rochelle addressed the questions about Elliott's name change, People previously reported.

"Not that it's anyone's business but Elliott's name change is not a gender thing," Rochelle wrote, noting that her daughter wanted to change her name for a long time and the name Elliott "stuck."

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