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In 2001, bandmate Kevin Richardson staged an intervention, which McLean said infuriated him. But it also opened his eyes.

“There was a lot flaking on the guys, not showing up for rehearsals,” he said to Oprah in 2003. 

His bandmates then surprised him on The Oprah Winfrey Show and joined him as a sign of solidarity. McLean has said it’s taken several rehab stints for him to stay sober, and this year celebrates a year and a half of sobriety. 

In 2006, McLean met his soon-to-be wife in Rochelle, the pair marrying in 2011 and welcoming daughters Elliott and Lyric in 2012 and 2017.

Then in March 2023, the couple confirmed they were “temporarily” separating. 

“The plan is to come back together and continue to nurture our love for one another and our family,” they said. “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.”

In recent years, McLean has been a big advocate for a series of social issues, including access to abortion in America, and also calling out the Tennessee ban on drag queens. 

Late last year, he dressed up in drag on RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race, and he was crowned the Next Celebrity Superstar (aka winning the show), for his performance as Poppy Love.