Carter has at times courted controversy in a common speak-before-you-think way, going on ill-advised Twitters rant or making outlandish claims about Michael Jackson "passing down the torch" to him—but he has also dealt with some very real issues, including money troubles, substance abuse, depression and the ongoing battle to stay relevant in show business, in the public eye. Come on, we lost Michael Jackson because of these kinds of pressures."Asked what sort of pressures, he said, "I deal with the anxiety of relationship stuff, family stuff, the pressures of my career, and what I'm doing with my life, and evolving as an artist. People need to wake up."Carter burst onto the scene when he was barely 10 years old, opening solo for the Backstreet Boysin 1997 with a cover of The Jets' "Crush on You" and quickly securing a record deal of his own.And for the record, he didn't mean Jackson had passed the pop music torch to him. It doesn't mean I want to put his shoes on and start moonwalking. And the pressures of people talking behind my back and thinking I'm still a 12-year-old-looking Aaron Carter, but I'm 28 years old now, and I've changed, I look different. His self-titled debut album did alright, but his 2000 album . The through-line for Aaron, at least, has always been music, and he's never stopped working, but the lucrative deals dried up as he headed into his 20s, leading to him moving in with Nick for awhile.I ended up being humiliated anyway, but people are so ignorant that they don't even know what a chapter 7 is."Do you know what a chapter 7 is? Carter said that, after he posted his own remix of Deadmau5's "The Veldt" and the Internet didn't take kindly to him not initially crediting the EDM star, Deadmau5 reached out to him to offer him his expertise.Carter also decided to stop waiting for the mainstream to re-notice him, and in April 2016 he unleashed his new single "Fool's Gold" ("about love, a current love-type situation I've been going through recently," he told He went back on tour and was in his element, doing a medley of old hits, such as "I Want Candy" and "Aaron's Party," but also showcasing his new stuff like "Fool's Gold," which he characterized as "EDM-dub-trap."This past May, however, Carter family patriarch Bob Carter died unexpectedly at the age of 65.We had the biggest estate in all of the Florida Keys. I think out of all the experiences and all the things that happened with my sister's passing, I just learned that life means so much to me and more than just money and fame."Nick did not attend Leslie's funeral, a decision that drew attention to the still fractured relationships within the family.I had to show all the cameras my life that I was losing, and nobody ever knew it." Meanwhile, his parents' split sent him spiraling into a depression and a cycle of self-destructive behavior."With everything that was happening, I started losing all my money. Carter also broke up with Duff in 2003 after two years of dating off and on—and then news that he had simultaneously dated Lindsay Lohanfor part of that time was an unforgivable offense to some starry-eyed fans, who immediately took sides between the actresses. He and Aaron have been by turns fiercely close and protective of each other and at times seemingly on the outs.
You were never human to me, you were always my real life super hero," Aaron wrote on Instagram.I am trying to stay healthy, positive, and focused.". Having a tax lien for million—what record company is going to want to sign Aaron Carter when they incur a debt of million?"I had this whole ensemble that wanted me to the be the star of the show and fill the house up."He embarked on his After Party Tour in June 2013, but lingering debts continued to plague him and, in November 2013, he made the decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy—his way of finally achieving a clean financial slate."I spent my whole adulthood, basically, with all of these taxes from when I was a kid, when I made a lot of money [and wasn't in control of my finances]," he told And it took me a long time to make that decision, because I didn't want to be humiliated. So I was blacklisted, boycotted, no one wanted to work with me."At the time of that interview, during which he said he'd been producing music and "making beats" for the past 10 years, whether folks knew it or not, he was about to go hang out with Deadmau5 (after going to watch Nick dance in the final).But he also told last year that, despite the sojourn to rehab, he still smoked weed and drank wine. It's just how I'm gonna do my life.""The misconceptions are that I'm a meth head, or I'm a crackhead, or I'm a drug addict, or I'm this or that," Carter said, noting that people tended to assume he was so skinny because he was abusing drugs.(Rumors that have since continued to plague him.)In July, during a tour stop in Georgia, Aaron was arrested for alleged DUI and both he and Madison were busted for alleged possession of marijuana and drug-related items.