A.J. McLean on Bandmate Nick Carter’s Arrest: ‘We All Make Mistakes’

A.J. McLean has babies on the brain!

The singer and wife Rochelle are talking about giving their 3-year-old daughterAva Jaymes a little brother or sister. There’s only one issue: Ava is adorably making it a bit difficult.

“[Ava] just moved to her big girl bed about a month and a half ago,” McLean, 38, told PEOPLE at the Los Angeles premiere of The Finest Hours Monday in Hollywood.

“She now knows how to get out of her big girl bed in the middle of the night, [knocks on the door], ‘Mommy, Daddy?’ So Mommy and Daddy are trying to figure out when we get Mommy, Daddy time. We are talking about [baby] number two so it’s trying to figure out when and where!”

He adds, “We also talked about adoption possibly as well, to give a child a home. We’re in the process of figuring this out. We’ve given ourselves March 30th [as] our deadline to go one way or the other.”

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While McLean is busy recording the Backstreet Boys‘ ninth studio album, his solo album seems to be a favorite of his little girl.

“What’s really uncomfortable is her favorite song off of my new album is a song called ‘Sex,’ ” the singer says. “She doesn’t know that’s what it’s called, but she knows the words. She just sings along. I’m like ‘Oh God. Don’t. That’s so weird! It’s awkward. You’re making it awkward!’ ”

Though the baby deadline is coming up fast for McLean, he says bandmate and close friend Nick Carter‘s preparation for fatherhood is going well, despite his recent legal trouble.

“We’re all human, we all make mistakes,” McLean, who has had his own troubles with alcohol, says of Carter’s recent arrest.

“I work hard at being sober — people know that I struggle with my disease. If I mess up publicly … people are harsh but it’s understandable. When you talk about it so much and then you turn around and get caught drinking … people are going to be judgmental. The media has no idea what really happened, or what he was going through at that moment.”

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As for the son Carter is expecting with wifeLauren, McLean already knows the first-time father is going to be an “awesome dad” to his baby boy.

“I told him, ‘You’re never going to get it right. It’s a learning process.’ My daughter is 3 and I’m still learning,” he shares.

“Whatever our next child is, boy or girl, you would think that, ‘Oh I did it once, I’ve got it.’ No. It’s hard. It’ll make it easier, but it’s still going to be a brand new learning process. He’s going to be a great dad. He’s already a great husband, a great bandmate.”

— Christina Dugan

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