Pop star Aaron Carter ran into difficulties towards the end of the noughties after an arrest for DUI and drug possession. However, things got worse during the present decade as his financial affairs and mental wellbeing began to dominate his life. He also had a serious eating disorder, which led to drastic weight loss, and his fans feared for the worst. However, just last month, Carter checked himself into rehab to work on his issues. And the before-and-after selfies taken in the two-week period will leave you stunned.
Aaron Carter shot to fame as a teen pop sensation at the back end of the ’90s. In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of big brother Nick Carter. From the age of just seven, Carter sang with his band Dead End, before going solo.
He dropped his first solo record in 1997. That helped to catapult the child prodigy to stardom, earning him chart success in the U.S. and across Europe. However, his 2000 sophomore effort Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) really won him the hearts and minds of the public, bringing platinum record sales and worldwide recognition.
The “I Want Candy” performer continued to dominate the charts. His next two LPs were smash hits: 2001’s Oh Aaron and 2002’s Another Earthquake! However, soon after, the spotlight would shift onto more personal matters for the pop star. And they threatened to bring his musical career to a halt.
First there was the lawsuit against teen pop mogul Ron Pearlman, who had managed him. Carter sued Pearlman for unpaid six-digit royalties generated from his album sales. Then record label Trans Continental sued Carter in 2006 for allegedly reneging on a contract agreement.
However, in 2008, the cracks really began to show for the tween heartthrob. He was arrested in March of that year for possessing almost two ounces of marijuana while driving in Texas. And it happened again earlier this year.
Carter was once again hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this year with his arrest for DUI and marijuana possession. It followed a torrid legal time for Carter. Earlier, he had had to file for bankruptcy, mainly because of unpaid taxes thought to be about $1.3 million.
His personal issues caused a rift in the relationship between him and his family too. Carter hit out at brother Nick for tweeting in support after the DUI arrest. He said in a statement, “If my own blood truly cared about my well-being, why wouldn’t he call me directly and have a conversation instead of making this about him through a very public forum?”
After countless reports stating that he was indulging in hard drugs, Carter told Entertainment Weekly in July, “No. Nothing. Zero. I am willing to do a polygraph test.” He added, “I take Xanax, Propranolol for high blood pressure medication, and I took oxycodones for my mouth.”
However, he did confess to using fillers for his face. He told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s just how I’m built. This is how I look.” He went on, “If you look at my grandpa Carter, if you look at Douglas Spalding, my grandpa, he was a track runner.”
However, perhaps the most revealing thing Carter spoke about after the DUI arrest was his eating disorder. He revealed in the same interview that he was lactose intolerant. Worse, he has a stomach condition called hiatal hernia – his stomach presses through his diaphragm.
Speaking on the effects of the condition, Carter said, “Oh my God, it hurts so badly. It hurts so badly because there’s like nothing I can do about it.” After years of struggling, both physically and mentally, Carter finally decided to spend time in a rehab facility this year.
Early last month, Carter revealed the true extent of his two-week stay in the treatment facility. He put up before-and-after selfies on his Instagram account. The difference between going into rehab and coming out, quite frankly, is startling.
It seems the time spent working on himself has paid off. Gone was the eight-pack, replaced instead with a much more realistic look. Now, the singer has some much-needed bulk compared to his former skeletal frame.
The caption for the composite image read, “From 115 pounds to 145 in a few weeks. On the left 115 on the right 145.” Speaking of the transformation, he said, “Continuing to focus on myself and my health.” He added, “Sorry I couldn’t wait to show you till 2018 #proudofmyself #StressFree I missed you all so much. Needed some time to heal and this is a direct result.”
The pop star found solace in the support of his many followers on the social media site. One said, “You look super healthy! Keep up the awesome work we all support and love you.” Another commented, “You are looking amazing! Keep it up.”
Speaking of his departure from the rehab center, Carter’s representative said, “Several legal and personal matters arose that required his immediate in person attention.” But they confirmed that, “He is still very much committed to his wellness and will be continually working toward being the best possible person.”
But it seemed Carter was fully committed to completing his stay. Indeed, he returned just a week later to finish his program. His representative told People, “Aaron has taken care of the legal and financial matters that required his attention and returned to the wellness facility to complete his program.”
So it definitely appears on the surface like things are on the up-and-up for the former child star. He has put on the weight he sorely needed and addressed the mental health problems that have plagued him in recent years. If he can defeat his demons, then there’s no reason he can’t return to his former glory.
And it seems he’s ready to get back to doing what he does best. After more than 15 years away from the studio, Carter released new musical material in the form of his 2017 EP Love. It even received some critical praise too – something that mostly eluded the complex pop star for much of his career.
Love seems to be the key word for Carter, as he expressed on Twitter. “Love is the toughest thing I deal with in my life. I’m constantly misunderstood and judged for my past, I’m a really sensitive guy and yes jealous and insecure.” Finally, for Carter, it seems those insecurities may now be a thing of the past.