Aaron Carter had an unhealthy “obsession” with Nick Carter, his older brother, and had been “crying out” for his love for years, a friend of the tragic star told sources.
Gary Madatyan, a longtime friend of the “I’m All About You” singer, said that Aaron talked a lot about fixing his relationship with the Backstreet Boys singer right up until his untimely death in a bathtub at his home on Saturday.
Madatyan also said that Aaron’s mental illness had caused a lot of stress in his relationships with his family and Melanie Martin, the woman he was going to marry. Still, he wanted to make up with the people he had hurt.
“I wish he could have done a little more as a blood relative to Aaron,” Madatyan said of Nick. “I’m not judging him. I’m not saying anything bad because I respect him. He’s a talented artist. I love him, but Aaron had an obsession with his brother.”
He added, “Mentally ill people think differently. He was … pushing, poking to get that attention. Aaron did things he should have never done to his brother, but we’re talking about mental health. He was crying out for help.”
Even though they were no longer close, Aaron’s representative said that the siblings were “in a good place” before he was found unresponsive on Nov. 5 at his home in Lancaster, Calif.
“He looked up to Nick in so many ways. They were trying to make everything good again,” the singer’s rep said on Monday.
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Madatyan also told us that he was worried when “new faces” started showing up in Aaron’s life over the past few months.
He said that the singer had been making new music and was trying to get his life in order so that he could get custody of his 11-month-old son, Prince.
“It just breaks my heart that nobody was there for him,” Madatyan said. “Different kinds of people were pulling him out and using 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 OK, brother. You’re not going on the right path with your life.’”
Madatyan said that his friend was also concerned about how much money he had. Damon Feldman, the CEO of Celebrity Boxing, said he talked to Aaron about the possibility of him getting in the ring to fight actor Andy Dick.
“We talked about it two weeks ago, but he never got back to me,” Feldman told Page Six. “That’s how he was. It’s heartfelt that he is gone. He was such a big part of the return of Celebrity Boxing.”
After Aaron’s body was taken to be looked at by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Madatyan and Martin were allowed to look around the pop star’s home in Lancaster.
According to Madatyan, he thoroughly searched the house and found nothing strange or illegal “except the water in the tub… it was odd, yellowish water.” Aerosol cans were found inside the house, according to TMZ, but Madatyan said he didn’t see them.
Madatyan said that his best friend of 12 years had many plans and never mentioned hurting himself. “Aaron loved life and he would have never done suicide,” Madatyan said.
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Aaron, who was 34, was very honest about his drug use and mental health problems. In 2019, the singer went on the talk show “The Doctors” and said he took medicine for anxiety, manic depression, and having more than one personality.
In the same year, Aaron was ordered to stay away from his twin sister Angel and her boyfriend Nick. Madatyan said that it hurt the singer a lot to be told to stay away from his family.
“He would say, [Nick] doesn’t want me to be successful … he hates me,’” Madatyan claimed. “I said, ‘I don’t think so. Maybe you should give it a try and talk to him.’ He wanted to repair that relationship but you can tell he was kind of really lonely.”
He continued, “He had already admitted he had abused drugs, admitted he has mental health issues, but no one came to just 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 on him. That was really painful for him. Mental illness is not a choice.”
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Madatyan said he tried more than once to get him to move back to the Los Angeles area so he could help him manage his life, but there were “other influences” around him.
“I would always hug him and say to him, ‘You’re not alone, Aaron,’” he claimed. “But that wasn’t enough sometimes. I’m not angry at his family, but you know how much he loved [Nick]. When a blood relative puts in effort it means more than any friend around him.”
“What I want people to know is … never give up on someone who is struggling with a mental health issue because there will be a time when it might be too late. I don’t want anyone to regret that they could’ve done something when they didn’t. That’s the worst feeling you can ever have.”
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