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What makes you come alive/inspires you?

What inspires me is my daughter because I want to set a good example for her, as does my wife. I set a good example with my way of being, eating, acting, speaking. In general I want to set a good example for my little girl.

What makes you feel vulnerable?

When I came out in the public about my struggles with alcohol and drugs, that’s probably the most vulnerable I have ever been in my entire life. I try to be an open book now as much as possible. Vulnerability and me go hand and hand now. I try to put myself first so that I can take care of my family so I try not to fight vulnerability as much now.

If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

I had this question asked to me recently when I was buying food for my wife and brother in law and I would like to ask it to other people: Why is it that most celebrities pay with cash as opposed to credit card? Is it so that they are not recognized right away and want to be more unassuming?

How do you handle emotional pain?

I used to drink and drugs but now that this is not an option, I just sit in it. I accept it, walk through it, and then come through the other side. You have to be comfortable in the uncomfortableness.

How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

Meditation is a huge part of my life. And prayer. I am not a religious person. I don’t go to church but I am very spiritual. I do believe that there is a greater being that has brought me this far through life. Something or someone is on my side teaching me valuable lessons. I try to meditate every day for at least 5 minutes. I put my phone on silent, sit in quiet and try and find my center.

What’s been one of you biggest lessons so far in your life?

A dear friend of mine once told me that the only way around is through. I now live by this. I have no regrets. I believe you have to go through everything to grow and learn. Accept life on life’s terms and just let things go.

What truth do you know for sure?

I know for sure that my daughter and wife love me. I know I am on this earth for bigger and better things than just being a Backstreet Boy. I am already experiencing something better than being a pop star and that’s being a father. It’s the best job in the world. A lot of work, but a lot of fun.

What causes or organizations that you’re passionate about?

I am passionate about the ASPCA. I am a huge animal lover. I prefer to rescue any of the pets that I have had. I have also involved in LGBT organizations like The Trevor Project and I worked with Perez Hilton on the It Gets Better campaign. There are still so many amazing organizations out there that I would love to get involved in. I would love to go to Africa and be a part of an AIDS benefit.

Tell me about your latest projects?

My wife, a dear friend and I are starting a clothing & accessories line called Alexander Jaymes (Jaymes is my daughter’s middle name). We are also working with some lovely young ladies on a kids clothing line called All The Cool Kids. I am a part of XALE, which is a drink that is polar opposite of your typical energy drink. This drink is anti stress and way healthier. I am also working with ANVIL, which has been creating road cases for 60 years, on new mini road cases for laptops and cell phones.

Why are these important to you?

The clothing and accessory lines are important to me because I have been a huge fan of fashion for years. I have always wanted to branch off and become a fashion guru. I want to share my artistic views with the world. X.ALE, I think is going to change people’s lives and change the way energy drinks are seen. ANVIL is important to me because I have been surrounded by the brand my entire career in the music business. To bring the fans into the world of being like part of the crew through things like cell phone cases, making them feel like they are on tour with their favorite band is a cool thing.

What is love for you?

Love for me is innocence, honesty, compassion, trust, loyalty, a gentle summer breeze, sunshine, a great cuddle. There is nothing like the love or a child. The relationship between father and his daughter – there is no other love like it and there never ever will be. It’s beyond unconditional and is the best form of love there is.

AJ has always been a vocal supporter of staying true to yourself and following your dreams. He was chosen as one of VH1 Save The Music’s ambassadors a few years back. He’s also a vocal supporter of marriage equality and has teamed up with the Give A Damn Campaign as well as the Trevor Project on multiple occasions.

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