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Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean wins ‘RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race’

Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean is now an award-winning drag queen too.

McLean took home first place on “RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race” on September 30 as fan-favorite queen Poppy Love.

“You’re a winner, baby! 👑 Congratulations to America’s next celebrity drag superstar!” the show’s Instagram posted on Friday night.

After competing and being filmed only as drag in the first few episodes of the show, the final four queens revealed their identities in the episode that aired on September 16.

Fans were shocked to learn that McLean, who shares two children with her longtime love Rochelle Karidis, was Poppy Love.

At the time, McLean wrote on Instagram that he was excited to get in touch with his “more glamorous self.”

“Secrets finally revealed, ha!” hey wrote. “Thank you very much to @rupaulsdragrace for letting me be my most glamorous self, I had the time of my life being Poppy Love! #CelebDragRace.”

McLean has been open about his past struggles with drug addiction and has been in and out of rehab since 2001. He recently celebrated a year of sobriety, telling People earlier this month that he had lost 32 pounds since February.

On September 1, he shared a flashback photo from a year ago to inspire his followers.

“I found the photo on the left from a year ago on vacation and it’s amazing what a little dedication and goal setting can do for a person. However, the journey is far from over. This is just the beginning!” Hears wrote, adding healthy lifestyle, sober, and “no more daddy body” hashtags. “Come on! If I can do it, so can you!!”

The singer and the rest of the Backstreet Boys are currently on their DNA World Tour, which kicked off earlier this year.

“It has been an absolute dream to still be doing this almost 30 years later. It’s a testament to the music and it’s a huge nod to the best fans a band like us could ask for,” McLean told TODAY in April. “It really is amazing to know that our music has stood the test of time and that we are coming to the big 3-0, which is just amazing. So thank you to all of our fans. And thanks to everyone who has stuck with us for 30 years. Congratulations to all of you.”


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