'My love for him never faded': Nick Carter addresses 'complicated' relationship with late brother Aaron Carter

'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,' said Nick Carter

'My love for him never faded': Nick Carter addresses 'complicated' relationship with late brother Aaron Carter
Nick Carter (L) and Aaron Carter shared a turbulent relationship between themselves (Presley Ann/Getty Images for WE tv, Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA: After learning that his younger brother Aaron Carter had been discovered dead in a bathtub at his California home the day before, Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter paid tribute to him on November 6. Although their relationship was tumultuous, Nick, 42, uploaded several old pictures of the two of them together and claimed that his heart had been torn. He also added that his love for Aaron never diminished.

Before the singer's death, Aaron and Nick's relationship was rocky but the latter put it behind him to give a moving eulogy on Instagram. "My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded. 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. 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."

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Carter also has two sisters, including his twin, Angel, and Leslie, who overdosed on drugs in 2012 and died at the age of 25. In a statement, Nick claimed that Aaron had "intentions of killing my wife and unborn child" and requested a restraining order against him in 2019. “After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we were required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron today,” Nick wrote at the time. “We were left with no choice, but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family.”

He continued by expressing his love for Aaron and his wish that he would receive "the proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to himself or anyone else." When the restraining order was issued, Aaron responded to it by tweeting:  “So my brother just got a restraining order against me. And I was just served lol. Take care. @NickCarter we're done for life. I haven't seen him in four years. And I don't intend to ... I am astounded at the accusations being made against me, and I do not wish harm to anyone, especially my family.”

At his residence in Lancaster, California, Aaron, 34, was discovered dead on November 5 in the bathtub. The house sitter is alleged to have answered the door while yelling "he's dead, he's dead," according to neighbors. EMS units are needed at a house for a "female yelling," and there was mention of "in the tub" in a 911 call that TMZ was able to obtain. Later, family representatives for Carter confirmed the singer's demise. It is unknown what resulted in his death. Aaron’s fiancée, Melinda Martin, was seen crying outside his house and has requested privacy while the family mourns the loss. The musician died almost exactly one week after tweeting that he was selling his $800,000 home and that he was "ready for a new chapter."

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