aaron carter with hilary duff

Aaron Carter’s life came to an unexpected end in November 2022 after he was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home in what’s belied to be an overdose. The singer had a long history of substance abuse, having been in and out of rehab programs many times throughout the years. Aaron left behind a fiancé, Melanie Martin, and a 11-month-old son, Prince. But Melanie wasn’t the only woman Aaron was linked to during his life.

Below, we take a look at Aaron’s dating history and remember some of his most high-profile romances.

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8/8 Hilary Duff

Aaron and Hilary were teenage sweethearts. They started dating in 2000 after Aaron appeared on an episode of Lizzie McGuire when he was 13. The couple dated on-and-off for three years. They infamously broke up in 2002 after Aaron cheated on Hilary with fellow teen actress Lindsay Lohan (which he later admitted to). Aaron and Hilary later reconciled, only to officially break up for good the following year.

Over a decade later, Aaron admitted that Hilary was the one who got away. “Don’t be that stupid douche that loses the love of your life forever … Like me,” he wrote on Twitter in 2014. “I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to better myself to get back to her. I don’t care what ANY of you think.”

After his death, Hilary posted a touching message to her ex-boyfriend. “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,” she continued. “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.”

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7/8 Lindsay Lohan

Aaron was briefly linked to Lindsay in 2002 in what the media dubbed a “love triangle” that also involved his then-girlfriend Hilary Duff. Aaron eventually admitted to being unfaithful with Lindsay, though he and Hilary still dated after. “I was dating [Hilary] for like a year and a half, and then I just got a little bored so I went and I started getting to know Lindsay,” Aaron said in 2005.

Following his death, Lindsay shared her condolences to Entertainment Tonight. “My heart goes out to his family and may he rest in peace,” the Mean Girls alum said. “And God bless him… and yeah, just [a] lot of love there.”

6/8 Kari Ann Peniche

After she briefly dated his older brother Nick Carter, Aaron began romancing Playboy model Kari Ann Peniche in 2006. They were briefly engaged, but ended things only six days later. Aaron later denied the engagement was a publicity stunt for his new reality show House of Carters.

“No, it definitely wasn’t. It was my decision at the time, it definitely wasn’t for that,” he said. “It was more off of my feelings, you know, I just wanted to have somebody there for stability and to love. It was definitely not a publicity stunt.”

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He was later seen kissing Kari in June 2015, before releasing a scathing message about being heartbroken, though it was unclear if he was referring to the model.

5/8 Kaci Brown

After ending his engagement to Kari Ann Peniche, Aaron started dating singer Kaci Brown in 2006, whom he met through his twin sister, Angel Carter.

When asked what it was like introducing Aaron to her family, Kaci replied, “It was so funny – Aaron told them not to worry. He’s just one of the sweetest most genuine people I’ve ever met. He’s so talented and it’s inspiring.”

4/8 Brooke Hogan

Aaron and Brooke reportedly dated for under a year in 2007. There are various photos online of the duo, but they’ve largely stayed quiet about their romance, leading to much speculation. “Brooke and Aaron were rumored to be dating after they were spotted together in Vegas, and gave off a ‘flirty vibe,’” Zimbio reported at the time. “Apparently Aaron tried to date the reality star and singer a few years prior to this event, but her dad [Hulk Hogan] kicked him out of her house.”

3/8 Madison Parker

Aaron had a brief relationship with porn actress Madison Parker from 2016 to 2017. They had a variety of legal problems during their brief relationship, including both being arrested for substance possession and unsafe driving. However, the couple broke up shortly after Aaron revealed he was bisexual on social media. Sources said his revelation caused tension in the relationship.

2/8 Lina Valentina

Aaron dated musician Lina Valentina for nearly a year between 2018 and 2019. Following his death, Lina posted a message online revealing his addiction fueled their break-up. “We’ve both cried our eyes out because your addiction won and we both knew it. For the last few years now, I knew that any day now I’d be writing this,” she wrote via Instagram.

1/8 Melanie Martin

Aaron was engaged to Melanie Martin at the time of his death, but the couple had a historically tumultuous relationship. Melanie was first arrested for felony domestic violence in March 2020, though she was released after posting a $50,000 bail. She and Aaron quickly reconciled, only to get engaged by July.

The couple welcomed a son, Prince, in November 2021, though they continued to be on-and-off following their son’s birth. In February 2022, accused Melanie of domestic violence and was granted a restraining order against her. However, Melanie went on social media the next month and accused Aaron of breaking her ribs during a right. She claimed he kicked her and their infant son out of his house, and requested a restraining order against him.

Aaron entered a voluntary rehabilitation program after losing custody in a bid to get his son back. But reports say he was missing counseling sessions leading up to his death. Neither Aaron nor Melanie regained custody at the time of his passing.

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