Aaron Carter had an unhealthy “obsession” with his older brother, Nick Carter, and “screamed” for his love for years, the tragic star’s friend told Page Six.
Gary Madatyan – a longtime friend of the “I’m All About You” singer – claimed that Aaron often talked about mending his relationship with the Backstreet Boys singer, until his untimely death in a bathtub at his home on Saturday. .
Madatyan further claimed that Aaron’s mental illness had severely strained the singer’s relationship with his family and fiancé, Melanie Martin. Still, he wanted to make amends to the people he had hurt.
“I wish he could have done a little more as a blood relative of Aaron,” Madatyan said of Nick. “I’m not judging him. I’m not saying anything bad because I respect him. He is a talented artist. I love him, but Aaron was obsessed with his brother.”
He added: “Mentally ill people think differently. He was… pushing, poking to get that attention. Aaron did things he should never have done to his brother, but we’re talking mental health. He screamed for help.”
Despite their estranged relationship, a representative of Aaron said the siblings were “in a good place” before going unresponsive at his home in Lancaster, California, on Nov. 5.
“He looked up to Nick in so many ways. They tried to make everything right again,” the singer’s representative said on Monday.
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Madatyan went on to tell us that in recent months he became alarmed as “new faces” started to appear in Aaron’s life.
He said the singer had been working on new music and made it a goal to improve his life so he could regain custody of his 11-month-old son Prince.
“It breaks my heart that no one was there for him,” said Madatyan. “Different kinds of people pulled him out and used his addiction and his mental illness… They used his name for publicity.
“I said to him, ‘Look, I don’t like this. I love you so much and will do anything for you, but let me help you. This is not okay, brother. You are not going the right way with your life. .’”
Madatyan said his friend was also concerned about his finances. Damon Feldman, CEO of Celebrity Boxing, claimed he talked to Aaron about possibly stepping into the ring to fight actor Andy Dick.
“We talked about it two weeks ago, but he never contacted me,” Feldman told Page Six.
‘He was like that. It’s heartbreaking that he’s gone. He was such a big part of Celebrity Boxing’s return.”
Madatyan and Martin were allowed to pass through the pop star’s Lancaster home after Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner officials took Aaron’s remains for examination.
Madatyan claimed there were no drugs or anything suspicious when he examined the entire house, “except for the water in the tub … it was strange, yellowish water.”
TMZ reported that aerosol cans were found in the house, but Madatyan claimed he had not seen them.
Madatyan said his best friend of 12 years had many plans and did not talk about harming himself.
“Aaron loved life and he would never have committed suicide,” said Madatyan.
Aaron, 34, has been very open about his drug addiction and struggles with his mental health. In 2019, the singer appeared on the talk show “The Doctors” and confessed to taking drugs for anxiety, manic depression and multiple personality disorder.
That same year, his twin sister Angel and Nick filed a restraining order against Aaron.
Madatyan said being ordered to stay away from his family hurt the singer deeply.
“He would say, [Nick] doesn’t want me to be successful… he hates me’”, claimed Madatyan. “I said, ‘I don’t think so. Maybe you should try it and talk to him.’ He wanted to mend that relationship, but you can tell he was a little lonely.”
He continued: “He had already admitted to taking drugs, admitted he had mental health issues, but no one came to hold his hand. I’m not here to judge anyone, but if my brother had a mental illness, I would never put a restraining order against him. That was really painful for him. Mental illness is not a choice.”
Madatyan claimed he tried several times to get him to move back to the Los Angeles area so he could help manage his life, but there were “other influences” around him.
“I would always hug him and tell him, ‘You’re not alone, Aaron,'” he claimed. “But sometimes that wasn’t enough. I’m not mad at his family but you know how much he loved him [Nick]. When a blood relative does his best, that means more than a friend around him.
“What I want people to know is… never give up on someone who is struggling with mental illness because there comes a time when it may be too late. I don’t want anyone to regret that they could have done something when they didn’t. That’s the worst feeling you can ever have.”
A representative of Nick did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.