'Boy did my teenage self love you deeply': Hilary Duff pays tribute to ex Aaron Carter after his death
LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA: Singer and rapper Aaron Carter has died at the age of 34. Carter, who was found dead in his bathtub at his Lancaster home on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, was the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. Representatives of Carter's team confirmed his death, according to BBC.
"Right now it's a really bad time, we're trying to figure out what happened and what the cause of it was," they said, adding, "We're just as upset as everyone and hope that fans can give thoughts and prayers to his family." Los Angeles County police arrived at the scene of Carter's death after they received a report of a drowning.
After Carter's death, his ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff penned a touching tribute for him on social media. “For Aaron- I’m deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in-front of the whole world,” the 'Lizzie McGuire' alum, 35, wrote on Instagram. "You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent … boy did my teenage self love you deeply. Sending love to your family at this time. Rest easy."
Carter and Duff started dating in 2000 when they were both 13 years old. For three years, the pair was on and off but broke up after an infamous love triangle with Lindsay Lohan. “I just got a little bored, so I went and I started getting to know Lindsay, dating Lindsay,” Carter told CNBC’s 'The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch' back in 2005. He added that Duff “really got her heart broken,” which he felt “sorry” about.
Over the years, Carter continued to express regret over how he treated Duff. “I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to better myself to get back to her,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet in 2014. “I don’t care what ANY of you think.”
Duff later reacted to Carter publicly declaring his love even after they broke up, telling BuzzFeed, "I don't know how I feel. I mean, that was so long ago, and obviously, I'm still married, and I have a baby, and we kind of just..." She added, "Yeah, don't know each other...so...yeah." Eventually moving on, Carter got engaged to Melanie Martin in 2020. They welcomed a son, Prince, in 2021.
After Aaron's death, homicide detectives were dispatched to the scene as it is a standard operating procedure for them to investigate such death scenes. Aaron rose to fame in the late 1990s as a pop singer. He released as many as four studio albums, beginning with his self-titled debut album in 1997. Back then, he was only nine years old.