The Backstreet Boys have paid an emotional tribute to Aaron Carter just hours after the troubled late singer’s final interview surfaced online.
Aaron was found dead inside his home in Southern California on Sunday, November 5. He was aged 34.
A pop singer in his own right, Aaron was also the younger brother of Backstreets Boy member Nick Carter. The US pop band are in Europe as part of their DNA world tour and it was during their performance in London they honored Aaron.
Watch the video above.
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“Tonight we got a little bit of heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday,” bandmember Kevin Richardson told the crowd.
“We just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognize that Nick’s little brother, Aaron Carter, passed away yesterday at 34 years old.
“He was a part of our family and we thank you guys for all the love and all the well wishes and all the support.”
As Richardson spoke, Nick became overwhelmed with emotion. Fellow band members AJ McLean, and Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough were quick to offer their support.
Nick paid his own personal tribute to Aaron following news of his sudden passing.
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“My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded,” the 42-year-old singer began in his tribute.
“I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed,” he added. “Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here.
“I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth….I love you baby brother.”
Meanwhile, hours after the news of Aaron’s death was made public, his now final interview has surfaced online.
Tragically, in the interview Aaron speaks openly about his health struggles and his desire to get healthy for his young son, Prince.
Aaron shared an 11-year-old child with his on-and-off fiancée Melanie Martin.
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The couple were first linked in early 2020 when the former child star inked Melanie’s name above his right eyebrow. By June that year, the pair announced their engagement in June 2020, and last November they welcomed their son.
“This will be my fifth time in rehabilitation. It’s mainly for aftercare. There have been no relapses. I haven’t had any relapses or anything like that. It’s just triggers are big right now for me,” he says in an interview with The US Sun.
“I just want my son back. That’s the headline right there.”
Speaking about his experience with rehab, Aaron said he was involved with three inpatient programs and an outpatient program.
He also said he was on prescribed medications. He spoke about his attempts to “take himself off” the medications in the last three or four years without success.
He revealed he never “fell off the wagon” but went into a “very dark depressive state” and “didn’t function normally”.
He said some people need medications to help them “function normally”.
On Sunday a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN it responded to a call for help at Aaron’s Lancaster, California, home on around 11am local time. When they arrived a deceased person was found.
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The singer had been open in the past about his struggles with mental health, but once denied having substance abuse issues in an interview with CNN.
Aaron at times had a fractured relationship with his siblings.
In 2019, Nick announced he and Aaron’s twin sister, Angel, Angel had filed for a restraining order against their brother, saying in a statement his youngest brother allegedly harbored “intentions of killing my wife and unborn child”.
Aaron Carter had denied the allegationssaying he wished harm to no one.
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