Aaron Carter is living his truth.
In a heartfelt letter to his fans, the singer spoke candidly about his sexuality, explaining that he's been attracted to both men and women since he was a young teenager.
"There's something I'd like to say that I feel is important for myself and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for nearly half of my life," he wrote. "This doesn't bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me."
"I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive," he continued. "There were years that went by that I thought about, but it wasn't until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with."
It's all about the music, though. As Aaron explained, "To me music has always been my temple. Music will ALWAYS be what transcends us and myself. The studio has always been my safe haven. But the ultimate goal for me is to be satisfied. I never want to be a figure of disappointment."
Aaron ended his statement by quoting Boy George, adding, "'I've never felt as though I didn't belong, I just acted as though I did.'"
The news comes after the singer was arrested last month under suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession. Aaron's girlfriend, Madison Parker, was also arrested and charged with obstruction and two drug related charges; both Carter and Parker were later released on bail, and have since broken up.
"Aaron and Madison love each other and respect one another dearly," Aaron's rep said in a statement. "It was a mutual decision and Aaron's personal statement released speaks for itself. Now back to the music."
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