Aaron Carter Honored by Hilary Duff: “Boy Did My Teenage Self Love You Deeply”
After Aaron Carter passed away on Saturday, Hilary Duff wrote a heartfelt eulogy for her high school sweetheart, noting how she “truly” loved the singer at the time. The two were one of the most prominent and well-adored power couples of the early 2000s, and for certain millennials of a certain age, they were essentially the teen equivalent of Brangelina.
Duff expressed her sorrow for the adolescent she knew so many years ago in a statement titled “For Aaron” that she posted on her social media accounts on Saturday. I’m so sorry that you had to struggle in front of everyone and that life was so difficult for you, she stated on Instagram. “My teenage self loved you so very much. You had a charm that was really effervescent.”
She concluded by asking Carter to “rest easy” and his family that she was “sending love.” At his residence in Lancaster, California, Carter was discovered deceased on Saturday. He was 34. The late singer’s cause of death was not disclosed; he was Nick Carter’s younger brother and the lead singer of the Backstreet Boys.
Duff and Aaron Carter began dating in 2000 when they were both just 13 years old, and their on-again, the off-again relationship eventually came to a stop in about 2003.
In a 2001 episode of Duff’s Disney Channel show “Lizzie McGuire,” Carter made a legendary guest appearance as himself and sang a Christmas-themed rendition of his smash song “I Want Candy.” Carter greets Lizzie McGuire with “Merry Christmas,” one of the episode’s most famous lines, just before they kiss.
With Lindsay Lohan, who began dating Carter during one of his breakups with Duff, the two were infamously involved in a love triangle. This relationship sparked a highly publicized quarrel between the teen queens at the time.
Since then, Carter has frequently expressed regret over how the relationship ended, expressing his love for Duff over the years and vowing to “never give up on Hilary,” as he said to Entertainment Tonight in 2014.
In a 2001 episode of Duff’s Disney Channel show “Lizzie McGuire,” where he played himself and sang a Christmas-themed rendition of his hit tune “I Want Candy,” Carter made a legendary guest appearance. Carter greets Lizzie McGuire with “Merry Christmas,” one of the most famous lines from the now-classic episode, before they kiss.
The two were infamously involved in a love triangle with Lindsay Lohan, who began seeing Carter during one of Duff’s breakups with him. This relationship led to a highly publicised conflict between the teen queens of the time.
Since that time, Carter has frequently voiced regret about how the relationship ended. He has professed his love for Duff over the years and said in 2014 to Entertainment Tonight that he was “not going to give up on Hilary, ever.”
“Don’t be the dumb jerk who loses the love of his life forever. Like me,” he posted that year on Twitter. “I’ll strive to improve over the remainder of my life in order to see her again. What any of you believe is irrelevant to me.
When he first approached Duff, she rejected him and reiterated that their romance was over.
“I keep seeing it, that he keeps doing that,” she said to Media. “I’m unsure about my feelings. That was a very long time ago, and I’m still married, and I have a baby, so we kind of just. Indeed, they are strangers, so indeed.