On November 6, Nick Carter broke down in tears for his younger brother, Aaron Carter, in a deeply emotional moment during a Backstreet Boys concert in London. The pop group was paying tribute to the late 34-year-old singer found dead in his home on Saturday, November 5.
As Nick Carter was sobbing on stage, he was embraced by A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, and Brian Littrell. Kevin Richardson addressed the crowd over Aaron Carter’s unexpected death.
“Tonight we’ve got heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday, and we just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognize him.” He continued with a confirmation of the sad news. “Nick’s little brother, Aaron Carter passed away yesterday. He’s a part of our family.”
The band performed “No Place” as a tribute to Aaron while images of him were displayed onscreen. Earlier on Sunday, Nick Carter took to Instagram to share his grief and posted several photos of his late little brother. He also mentioned the struggles Aaron had endured.
“I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed.” Carter deemed addiction and mental illness “villains” and included a heartfelt wish that his “baby brother” would “finally have peace.”
Aaron Carter is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince, and the child’s mother, Melanie Martin.
Aaron Carter released his debut album in 1997 at age 9. It sold a million copies. Earlier that year, he opened for his elder brother’s band, the Backstreet Boys. He was also an actor, starring in the popular shows “Lizzie McGuire” and “7th Heaven.”
In 2017, he announced he was bisexual. In 2019, Aaron Carter announced he was battling several mental health issues. They included multiple personality disorders, acute anxiety, manic depression, and schizophrenia. He also struggled with substance abuse.
Nick was joined by Leslie Carter, Aaron’s twin sister, in mourning their sibling’s death. She posted on Twitter, “I know you’re at peace now. I will carry you with me until the day I die and get to see you again.”