Nick Carter Says “My Heart Is Broken” After Brother Aaron Carter’s Death

Nick Carter of the ’90s pop music group Backstreet Boys spoke publicly about death of younger brotherAaron Carter, for the first time on Sunday.

Captioning an Instagram post with photos that appeared to show the siblings together as children and teenagers, Nick Carter said he was “heartbroken” and his brother with mental illness and addiction. The conflict, which Aaron Carter openly discussed during his life, is “the real villain here.”

“Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never waned,” he wrote. “I’ve always held on to the hope that he will, someday, want to walk down a healthier path and eventually find the help he so desperately needed.”

“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for the harm, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness are the real villains here,” the message continued. “I will miss my brother more than anyone.

Nick Carter and Aaron Carter sit in the audience during the 2000 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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During several interviews in recent years, Aaron Carter has spoken openly about his ongoing struggles with substance abuse and mental illness. In 2019, Nick Carter Told That along with Aaron’s twin sister, Angel, she had filed for a restraining order against their brother because of “Aaron’s increasingly dangerous behavior”. Nick said that Aaron confessed to having violent thoughts about Nick’s wife. Aaron Carter denied those allegations at the time.

Others, including Angel Carter and Hilary Duff, the singer and actor who dated Aaron Carter when both stars were teenagers, have shared tributes on Instagram since his death.

“To Aaron- I’m deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in front of the whole world,” Duff wrote. “You had a charm that totally gleamed… the boy loved you deeply in my teens.”

Echoing Nick Carter’s message, Angel Carter wrote, “To my twin… I loved you dearly. You will be greatly missed. My funny, dear Aaron, I have so many memories of you and me, And I promise to cherish them. I know you’re at peace now. I’ll take you with me until the day I die and see you again.”

Aaron Carter, whose debut album “Aaron’s Party” included hits like “I Want Candy,” brought the singer to fleeting but memorable fame in the early 2000s, was found dead on Saturday. He was 34 years old.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked to confirm the passing of Aaron Carter today,” Roger Paul, Aaron Carter’s manager, said in a statement to CBS News. “The cause of his death is currently being investigated. We want you to give time to the family and they will have more information when it becomes available. We cannot express the love that is to come.”

Aaron Carter was found dead at a home in Lancaster, California, after a sitter said he discovered an unresponsive man in a bathtub, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The sheriff’s department said deputies and paramedics from the LA County Fire Department pronounced him dead.

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