The Backstreet Boys' decision to go public about the depression and alcohol abuse problems group member AJ McLean is battling was the right one to make, according to a recently completed Billboard.com

The Backstreet Boys' decision to go public about the depression and alcohol abuse problems group member AJ McLean is battling was the right one to make, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. An overwhelming 79% of 6,019 respondents agreed with and appreciated the band's candor when postponing a month's worth of tour dates while McLean seeks treatment.

44% saw the move to be honest with fans as refreshing for a group that serves as role models for many young people. Another 35% felt that it was better to hear the news directly from the band, rather than to have it dug up later by prying media outlets.

A contingent of 14% disagreed, saying that the group gets its fair share of publicity as it is, while another 7% contended that such personal battles should be handled privately.

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