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Aaron Carter, a 29-year-old American singer who came to fame as child pop star during the late ’90s and early 2000s, recently came out as bisexual in a personal note posted on Twitter. Carter is the younger brother of Backstreet Boys alum Nick Carter and has previously dated two famous actresses and singers: Hillary Duff and Lindsay Lohan.
After stating his love for all of his fans, Carter wrote:
“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. 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.”
— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 6, 2017
He then says that he grew up in the entertainment industry at a very young age — he started performing at the age of seven — and at age 13, “I started to find boys and girls attractive.” He started dating girls at age 17, but after a few relationships, he says he had “an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with.”
He wrote that music has always been his temple, that he believes it transcends himself and everyone else and while he considers the studio to be his safe haven, “The ultimate goal for me is to be satisfied. I never want to be a figure of disappointment.”
He then concluded his note with the following quote from gay British pop star Boy George: “I’ve never felt as though I didn’t belong, I just acted as though I did.”
Earlier this year, Carter was arrested in Georgia for driving under the influence and marijuana possession. Soon after, he opened up bout having eating disorder that lead many web commenters to conclude that he was sick or addicted to drugs because of his weight loss.