Emily Rome
November 27, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EST

A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys is now father to a baby girl. On Tuesday he and wife Rochelle welcomed their first child, daughter Ava Jaymes.

“Rochelle and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our baby monkee,” McLean wrote on his website. “We are so in love with our bundle of joy and happy to have started our family now.”

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