Singer Aaron Carter (Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter’s younger brother) came out as bisexual in a heartfelt Twitter post this weekend. Carter, 29, who recorded four studio albums and dated the likes of Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan at the peak of his career in the early to mid-2000s, wrote that he’d been carrying a weight around with him since he’d discovered he was attracted to men and women in his adolescence but that he couldn’t be open about it, according to People.
“There’s something I’d like to say that I feel is important for myself and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for nearly half of my life,” Carter wrote. “I grew up in the entertainment industry at a very young age, and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive.”
Carter has been out of the public eye for several years, although he did make news in 2016 when he revealed that he would no longer support Donald Trump in the election, although he had previously backed him.
Last month Carter made headlines when he was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, although he said that he was not under the influence but having car troubles, according to People. In June he was hospitalized for exhaustion.
Carter’s post indicated he’s moving toward living openly and honestly, writing that he never wants to be a “figure of disappointment.”
He ended the note with a Boy George quote. “I never felt as though I didn’t belong. I just acted as though I did,” Carter wrote, quoting George.
Read Carter’s full coming-out post below.
— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 6, 2017