UPDATE: Hours after E! News learned that Aaron Carter was entering a facility, the singer is speaking out on Twitter.
“My loved ones, I would like to tell all of you that I will be disappearing for a while to work on myself. I would also like to announce that I am releasing a gift to you on Oct. 27. In time for Halloween, a new version of ‘I Want Candy.’ 4 weeks later, I will be releasing my first single from my new album, LOVE,” he wrote Friday evening. “I’ll see you soon looking amazing and ready to play all my new songs LIVE. Most importantly, my stressors haven’t subsided with family and this year has been crazy and I need some time off from all of it.”
Aaron Carter is getting the help he needs.
E! News has learned the 29-year-old singer has entered a treatment facility.
Carter’s rep Steve Honig released the following statement to E! News: “Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness. He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer possible. He is grateful for the support and love from his fans and looks forward to coming back stronger than ever before.
On Thursday, authorities responded to Carter’s Florida home over a call for a wellness check. A spokesperson with the St. Petersburg Police Department told E! News no one was in “need of assistance” and “everything was fine.”
The former child star’s most recent personal struggles first came to light in mid-July when he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and pot possession, an incident he said came about because authorities were targeting his “fame.”
A source told E! News at the time that Carter expressed interest in taking a lie detector test and had plans to retain an attorney.
Shortly after that, Carter penned an emotional letter on Twitter, revealing that he’s bisexual, and less than a day later, news broke that he and his girlfriend, Madison Parker, split up.
“I had discussed it with my ex-girlfriend, and she didn’t really understand it,” Carter said in an interview last month. “She didn’t want [to]. And that was it. So we left it mutual and parted ways.”
However, Parker told E! News in an exclusive statement that their split had “nothing” to do with Aaron’s sexuality.
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The months after the breakup have seen some more low moments for Carter.
Not only did the singer total his car in a “terrible” accident, he also appeared on an episode of The Doctors in which it was revealed he’d been taking a mixture of benzodiazepines with opiates. Not to mention, he’s been taking to social media often to express his struggle with finding love, dealing with his eating disorder and mending relations with his family.
Then, in early September, E! News learned that an anonymous call reporting a suicide threat involving Carter came into St. Petersburg, Fla. police department last night. Police documents obtained by E! News show that police responded to the home at 10:01 p.m., but they did not make contact with Carter.
According to the documents, the caller claims that Carter told a friend he was going to kill himself and threatened to take Xanax, Klonopin and Dusters. The documents also state then when police arrived to Carter’s house there was no answer at the door but there was a vehicle out front and window blinds on the house were open. While police could see into a bedroom and part of a hallway, they did not see anyone.
Our thoughts go out to Aaron at this time.
(Originally published Friday, Sep 22, 2017 at 2:18 p.m. PST)