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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Aaron Carter

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Famous For:
"I Want Candy" and "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)"
Networth:
Bankrupt
Currently Known For:
Singer, Music Producer, Actor and Dancer
Famous Years:
2000 - Present
Birthdate:
December 7, 1987
Aaron Carter


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  famous for:
"I Want Candy" and "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)"

  networth:
Bankrupt

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“The main thing in life is not to be afraid of being human.” Following in his older brother’s footsteps and breaking into the music scene at seven years old, Aaron Carter released his self-titled debut album in 1997 at just 10 years old. With the release of Aaron’s Party (Come Get It), he saw his popularity skyrocket as a teen heartthrob with over three million in album sales in the United States alone. Throughout the new millennium, he released four more albums including Oh Aaron and Another Earthquake before putting on his dancing shoes as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. From there, he wowed audiences on Broadway in a production of The Fantasticks and, after a brief stint in rehab, has returned to the music world at 29 years old with his latest release titled “LøVë” in February 2017. What’s his Hollywood story and how did he go from a teen millionaire to completely broke in a few short years? Let’s find out! Advertisements:

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Aaron Charles Carter was born on December 7, 1987 in Tampa, Florida where his parents settled after leaving the hustle and bustle of New York City to run a retirement home while balancing their oldest son’s music career with the Backstreet Boys. First attending Frank D. Miles Elementary School before enrolling at the Ruskin School, Aaron didn’t think twice about following his older brother’s footsteps into the music business and launched his own career at seven years old as the lead singer of a local band known as Dead End. Amid creative differences and Carter’s own growing interest in pop, he was nine years old when he left the band and set out on his own.

Making his solo debut for the Backstreet Boys in March 1997, Aaron’s cover of “Crush on You” sent the audience wild and led the young star to sign his first recording contract months later just as he released his first single, “Crush on You.” By the end of the year, he released his self-titled debut album and watched as the record climbed to certified gold in Germany, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Spain. Building his reputation over the next two years, he released Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) in 2000 featuring hit singles like “I Want Candy” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” both of which were popular on networks like Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel.

Opening for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys, Aaron continued to make headlines when he locked lips with Hilary Duff and then made his acting debut in 2001 on an episode of his girlfriend’s hit Disney Channel series, Lizzie McGuire. He went on to make his Broadway debut months later in Seussical the Musical and, at only 14 years old, released his third album, Oh Aaron, which featured his first duet with his famous brother, Nick. If his record sales and romance with Duff didn’t seal his fate as a teen icon then Play Along Toys certainly did when they debuted their newest line of toys—an Aaron Carter action figure. How’s that for proving you’re a star?

Amid his impressive career as a pop star, Aaron’s world came crashing down in 2003 when his parents announced their impending divorce just hours before he was set to shoot an episode of Cribs for MTV. “It was 2004 or 2003, a lot of money was coming in, we had the biggest estate in all of the Florida Keys,” he told E Online. “I had to show all the cameras my life that I was losing and nobody ever knew it.” With the divorce ripping his family apart, the 16-year-old Aaron fell into a deep depression that, for the longest, he refused to accept. “I couldn’t dwell on it,” he said. “I couldn’t think about it too much. I kind of had to block it out. I started partying and getting into a lot of trouble. With everything that was happening, I started losing all my money. I went broke.”

With his life unraveling at the seams, Aaron made a last-ditch effort to rekindle his popularity and appeared on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars in 2009 where he finished in fifth place with his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff. He had high hopes of returning to the music scene but no one was interested in signing him after a long list of bad decisions. “They were not interested in me,” he admitted. “They didn’t want to touch me. They didn’t want to do anything.” Fortunately, that lack of interest led him to rehab at the Betty Ford Center in 2011 where he spent 31 days in treatment before returning to the stage to repair whatever career he had left.

In the years since losing everything, Aaron has faced even more challenges with the loss of his sister, Leslie, in 2012 due to a drug overdose. “I wasn’t making that much money,” Aaron told E Online. “Fortunately, I just hit my bonus—$10,000 the week before Leslie died—and I actually reached out to her two weeks before that and I said I’m going to get you the money to go to rehab. She wanted it and her phone got cut off.” Amid the devastation of losing his sister, Aaron filed bankruptcy in November 2013 when the IRS confirmed that he owed $3.5 million in unpaid income taxes and other debts from his early career. Putting a positive spin on the situation, his publicist said, “This is not a negative thing. It’s actually very positive. It’s [Aaron] doing what he needs to do to move forward.” Luckily, his publicist was right as Aaron settled his debts in 2014.

Today, the 29-year-old is hoping to rebuild his credibility in the music industry with the release of his newest hit singles, “Fool’s Gold” and “Sooner or Later.” “Everything makes me want to prove something,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Every obstacle that I'm put through, I'm turning into a positive.” With plenty of time to turn things around, we wish him nothing but the best!

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