Aaron Carter: Then & Now

He was a teen idol who started performing at age 7.

Aaron Carter was born December 7, 1987 in Tampa, Florida, and he didn't waste any time. He was just 7 when he began performing, and he was only 10 when his first album dropped. His second album, Aaron's Party (Come Get It), catapulted him to success in 2000.

It sold three million copies and shortly after its release, Carter began making guest appearances on Nickelodeon and touring with the Backstreet Boys.

He even opened a few concerts for pop princess Britney Spears. He became a teen idol, and his girlfriend was fellow teen star Hilary Duff. Carter also dated Lindsay Lohan, leading to a feud between her and Duff.

In 2001, he made his Broadway debut as JoJo the Who in Seussical the Musical. His third album, released the same year, was also a hit -- it went platinum.

In 2006, Carter and his siblings, including Backstreet Boy Nick, starred in a reality show, House of Carters. He and his brother had some fiery fights on the show.

The child star was first arrested in 2008. He was pulled over for speeding in Texas and marijuana was found in his car.

He was arrested again on Saturday for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana charges. 

His brother Nick responded to the arrest by tweeting, “To my brother: I love u no matter what & if u feel the need to reach for help, I am here and willing to help you get better.”

Aaron Carter tweeted out a public statement on Sunday, in which he dismissed his brother’s tweet and said he was targeted by police because he is a celebrity.

“If my own blood truly cared about my well-being, why wouldn’t he call me directly and have a conversation instead of making this about him through a very public forum?” Carter wrote. “That’s not cool at all to use me for his PR and kick me while I am down. I love my family despite it through thick and thin.”

In an interview, Carter broke down in tears while talking about the arrest. He said he wasn't drinking and he has a liscense for marijuana, which he said he uses for anxiety and pain. He admitted he takes Xanax and Propranolol for high blood pressure medication and that he took oxycodones for a recent mouth surgery.

In 2013, Carter filed a bankruptcy petition to get rid of more than $3.5 million in debt. Most of the debt came from taxes he owed from money he made at his height: He had a $1.3 million tax debt from his income at age 16. He settled his debt by 2014.

Earlier this year, he was attacked by a musician who thought Carter made a racial slur against him. When security removed the man, who was hispanic, Carter allegedly said "Bye Felipe," which prompted the man to run back into the bar to attack Carter and damage his computer. The fight sent a bloody Carter to the emergency room in Illinois.

In 2014, Carter announced he would be making music again after a 10-year hiatus. A single entitled “Fool’s Gold” was released in 2016 and the album LøVë EP dropped in February 2017.

[Images courtesy of Getty, Habersham County Sheriff's Office, and YouTube]

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