Aaron Carter addressed his sexual identity Saturday night in an emotional social media post directed to his fans.
“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,” writes the 29-year-old singer and younger brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter. “This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me.”
— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 6, 2017
“I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive,” Carter continues. “There were years that went by that I thought about, but it wasn’t until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with.”
“I never want to be a figure of disappointment,” he concludes, summing up his letter with a Boy George quote: “I’ve never felt as though I didn’t belong, I just acted as though I did.”
Billboard confirms “that the letter serves as Carter’s coming out as bisexual.”
Carter responded to body-shamers earlier this year when he tweeted about his eating disorder, which he claims is related to stress and a hiatal hernia. He also opened up last month in an interview with ET about his recent drug-related arrest with current girlfriend Madison Parker.