Members of the Backstreet Boys comforted Nick Carter as he was overcome with emotion during a tribute to his brother, Aaron Carter, during their show on Sunday.
LONDON, UK – Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter was in tears on Sunday night. The band’s concert at London’s O2 Arena.
Carter was overcome with emotion during the band’s tribute to his younger brother Aaron Carter, who died Saturday at his home in Southern California. He was 34 years old.
“Our hearts are heavy tonight because we lost one of our family yesterday and we just wanted to find a moment on our show to recognize him,” said Kevin Richardson.
“He is part of our family and we want to thank you guys for all the love and well wishes and support.”
The group then dedicated their next song “Breathe” to him.
In a post on Instagram on Sunday Along with photos of the two over the years, Nick Carter said he was heartbroken after the death of the youngest of Carter’s five siblings, whom he called his “baby brother.”
“My heart is broken today,” Carter wrote. “Even though my brother and I had a complicated relationship, my love for him never wavered. I always held onto hope that somehow, someday he would want to walk a healthy path and eventually he would. would find the help he so desperately needed.
Deputies responded to Carter’s home in Lancaster, California around 11 a.m. Saturday after reports of a medical emergency. Authorities said a home sitter found the man in the home’s bathtub and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
Carter has struggled with substance abuse and mental health. In 2017, he attended rehab and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana charges. In 2019, Carter said on an episode of the talk show “The Doctors” that he was taking medication for severe anxiety, manic depression and multiple personality disorder. That same year, Nick and his sister, Angel, said they filed for a restraining order against Aaron.
In September, Carter said he went to rehab for the fifth time with his fiancee, Melanie Martin, in hopes of regaining custody of their teenage son, Prince. At the time, Prince was in court-ordered care of Martin’s mother.
“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for the damage. But the truth is that addiction and mental illness are the real villains here,” Nick Carter wrote in the post. “I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you finally get to find some peace that you could never find here on earth.” God take care of my baby brother.”
In 2012, his sister, Leslie Carter, died in 2012 at the age of 25 after falling in the shower.
Carter, a singer, rapper and actor, opened for the Backstreet Boys on tour in 1997, the same year his gold-selling debut self-titled album was released. He reached triple platinum status with his sophomore album, 2000’s “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” which spawned hit singles including the title song and “I Want Candy.”