I know it's been a few days, but the death of Aaron Carter has me fucked up for a variety of reasons, and I wanted to pay my respect in blog form. Sure, I'm super anti-face tat, but that doesn't mean I relish in his premature death. The dude has a kid under one; it's a tragedy. R.I.P. Aaron Carter.
Aaron's story is, unfortunately, one as old as the entertainment business. A child star who reaches extreme levels of fame at a young age for a brief moment, only to get wrapped up in drugs/various issues and lose everything. From what I've read and seen, it looks like his parent's forced him into the field.
I'm 30 years old, so Aaron Carter's rise to fame around the turn of the millennium is right in my wheelhouse. He was a huge name in the pop game, Nick Carter's little brother. My sister had his CD. He was an icon to kids around my age. I watched Lizzie McGuire, where he had a story arc. Naturally, when someone who was a famous kid/tween/teen when I was a kid passes away, it hits a little harder.
It's unfortunate to see someone have a public decline like Aaron's and for his life to end the way it did. This TikTok from a 2017 interview broke my heart.
Even though all the details aren't out yet, knowing that he died alone in a bathtub is terrible. It's just a heartbreaking story all around. He was clearly going through some shit mentally. I didn't even realize that there was bad blood between him and his siblings, which makes it even sadder to see knowing they never had a chance to truly reconcile face to face, even if there are some reports that things were improving.
I don't know anything about Aaron's life outside of what we've all seen in the media, but performing was the one thing that he loved, and once that was gone, things went downhill. I can't even begin to imagine how much that must fuck with someone mentally to be so successful at such a young age and to be "washed" by the time you're a legal adult. Unfortunately, Aaron's tale is not unique to child stars, and they'll be more stories like Aaron Carter's in the future. Despite that, he was still a trail blazer. His success undoubtedly paved the way for the Justin Biebers of the world.
It's just a somber story and one that's been on my mind for the last few days. I feel for the guy and his family; the whole situation is just so sad. That MTV Cribs story is wicked fucked up. It's easy to see how someone can go down the path Aaron did. Addiction doesn't care who you are. Wherever he is now, I hope he's at peace. That's really all I've got on this story. R.I.P. Aaron Carter.