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What happened to Aaron Carter? The child star's downward spiral

Updated on December 28, 2013
How Aaron Carter looked as a child
How Aaron Carter looked as a child
A young Aaron Carter
A young Aaron Carter

Basics

Aaron Carter was born December 7, 1987 in Tampa, Florida. He is the younger brother of Nick Carter, one of the members of the late 90's boyband the Backstreet Boys.

Carter started his career at 7. He was a member of the group Dead End. However, he soon left the group because the band started to play alternative music and Aaron wanted to have a career in pop music, like his brother. Soon after leaving the band, he released his debut album.

He opened for the Backstreet Boys in 1997, when he was only 10 years old. In 2001, he made a guest appearance on the Disney show Lizzie McGuire.

On September 26, 2000, he released his follow-up album: Aaron's Party (Come Get It) which found success in the United States.

Aaron's Party (Come Get it) Music Video

Aaron Carter when he was a teenager.
Aaron Carter when he was a teenager.

More on his early career

His album, Aaron's Party (Come Get It), had several popular tracks including I want Candy and That's How I beat Shaq. The songs from his album were played on both Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. During this time, he opened for several popular artists including Britney Spears.


When he was 13 years old, he released the album Oh Aaron on August 7, 2001. The title track was recorded with Nick Carter and a girl group, No Secrets.

Oh Aaron Music Video with Nick Carter and No Secrets

How Aaron Carter looks now
How Aaron Carter looks now

Aaron Carter - More Info

On September 3, 2002, Aaron released an album called Another Earthquake. During this time, Carter was caught up in legal battles. His parents filed a lawsuit against Lou Pearlman on his behalf.

After the legal battle, Aaron released an album called Most Requested Hits, which was released on November 3, 2003.

October–November 2006, Aaron and his siblings were part of an E reality show called The House of Carters. The show involved the five Carter children reuniting to live under the same roof.

Later on, Aaron was a contestant on season 9 of Dancing With the Stars. Aaron and his partner finished in 5th place overall.

On November 22, 2013, Carter filed for bankruptcy because he was more than 3.5 million in debt. Most of the debt was a result of unpaid taxes from when he was a teen star. The amount he owes is drastic because he reportedly only makes $2,000 per month.

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