Aaron Carter


Aaron Carter’s life came to a tragic end on November 5, 2022, when he was found unresponsive in a bathtub at his L.A. home. Aaron had a long history of legal troubles and substance addiction. He once said he didn’t believe he’d make it past the age of 30. Below, we look at some of the most controversial parts of Aaron’s life in the spotlight.


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8/8 A Love Triangle With Hilary Duff & Lindsay Lohan

Aaron dated Hilary Duff started dating as young teens in 2000, but they went through a scandal when he cheated on her nearly two years into the relationship with Lindsay Lohan. “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,” he said in 2005.

Despite the drama, Aaron and Hilary continued to date before breaking up for good in 2003. Over a decade later, he claimed on social media she was the one that got away.

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7/8 He Sued Lou Pearlman For Stealing His Money

Aaron was only 14 years old when he sued record executive Lou Pearlman for stealing his money in 2002. The Backstreet Boys (of which Aaron’s older brother Nick Carter was a member) made similar accusations against Lou.

It was also rumored that Lou sexually abused some of the youth he worked with, including Aaron. When asked about the abuse allegations in 2019’s The Boy Band Con, Aaron replied, “Shut up about that.” When asked about his thoughts on Lou, Aaron added, “Lou gave us all the ability to have lives today […] Who knows where I would’ve ended up, man. … In jail?”

6/8 He Got Engaged To His Brother’s Ex-Girlfriend

In 2006, Aaron proposed to Playboy model Kari Ann Peniche shortly after they started a relationship. What was controversial was that she had previously dated his older brother, Nick. The pair called off their engagement six days later, though Nick has denied it was a publicity stunt.

5/8 He Was Arrested For DUI & Substance Possession

In July 2017, Aaron made headlines after he was arrested for driving under the influence and illegal possession of cannabis. His girlfriend at the time, Madison Parker, was also arrested and charged with similar offenses.

Aaron later checked into rehab in September, and released a statement saying, “I was detoxing from basically weed, stuff like that, Xanax, and stuff like that […] I have issues. I have post-traumatic stress disorder.”

4/8 He Accused His Brother & Sister Of Abuse

In 2017, Aaron alleged on social media that he was sexually abused by his older sister, Leslie, who died in 2012 of an overdose. He also claims she abused others.

“My sister raped me from the age of 10 to 13 years old when she wasn’t on her medications and I was absused [sic] not only sexually by her but by my first two back up dancers when I was 8 years old. And my brother absused [sic] me my whole life,” he wrote.

The Los Angeles police released a statement confirming they were looking into the allegations, though no charges were made.

Aaron has also made similar accusations against his older brother, Nick. In 2017, he publicly sided with a woman who accused Nick of sexual assault (though Nick denied the claims).

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He’s also accused Nick of physical abuse, saying he broke his nose at the Kids’ Choice Awards in 2001 after hitting him with a pie. Aaron has claimed, “[Nick has been] an abusive human to me my whole life.”

Moreover, Aaron claims to have witnessed Nick being abusive towards his then-girlfriend Paris Hilton.

3/8 His Brother Got A Restraining Order After Nick’s Threats

In September 2019, Nick Carter filed a restraining order against Aaron after he made a series of disturbing comments about his older brother’s wife and child.

Nick said in a statement, “In light of Aaron’s increasingly alarming behavior and his recent confessions that he harbors thoughts and intentions of killing my pregnant wife and unborn child, we were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family.”

However, Aaron denied his brother’s claims and said he hadn’t spoken to him in years.

2/8 He Was Accused Of Abuse By His Child’s Mother

Aaron welcomed a son a year before his death with his fiancé Melanie Martin, but the couple had a tumultuous history. She was arrested for domestic violence in March 2020, only for them to reconcile and get engaged by July.

They welcomed their son, Prince, in November 2021. But the following month, Aaron went online to claim Melanie refused to leave his home after they broke up.

Then, in February 2022, Melanie was granted a restraining order after claiming Aaron assaulted her during an altercation, which resulted in multiple ribs breaking. She also said he kicked her and their baby out of his home. However, the pair seemed to reconcile before Aaron’s death, as Melanie has referred to him as her fiancé after he passed away.

1/8 Aaron & His Fiancé Lost Custody Of Their Son

In September 2022, only months before his death, Aaron and Melanie lost custody of their baby boy amid concerns of domestic violence and substance abuse. The infant was placed in the care of Melanie’s mother.

Shortly after, Aaron entered a voluntary rehab program to work towards regaining custody, but he passed weeks later. It’s not been reported whether Melanie has regained custody in the wake of Aaron’s death.

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