Cyberbullying has “fallen” Aaron Carter over a period of time, his manager exclusively told Page Six.
“It was like a nightmare,” Taylor Helgeson says of the unrelenting hate the late “I Want Candy” singer received.
“It was non-stop. It was so relentless and, yeah, it got him a number.
Carter was tragically found dead at age 34 on November 5. He would have been surrounded by canisters of compressed air and pill bottles at the time.
Although Helgeson has previously told us that he doesn’t believe suicide was ever an option for the “Aaron’s Party” singer, his mental health has certainly been affected due to online trolls.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to place the blame entirely [on Carter’s death]but I watched it fall apart for a long time,” the Big Umbrella Management executive said.
“He never chose his life…I don’t think he was given the same tools as many of us to navigate life in a way that leaves us with the opportunity to live a lasting and good life. “
Helgeson says the hatred toward Carter has at times transcended the digital space, recalling a time when the “That’s How I Beat Shaq” singer was playing and there were rowdies in the audience.
“It really affected him, and he didn’t show it in the performance, but when he came off stage he was really sad,” the manager said. “He wasn’t angry, he was sad.”
Helgeson adds that after Carter left the venue that night, he took to Twitter to see even more people posting on the show and continuing their vitriol on social media.
“He was watching this stuff and it hurt him a lot,” the music industry insider said, adding that Carter “just couldn’t seem to stay away” from social media. .
Helgeson says he once told Carter he would offer to run his social media accounts for him — so he wouldn’t see the hate online — but that would “never happen” because the alum of “House of Carter” felt the need to respond to the haters.
“A lot of days he felt like he had something to prove,” says the manager. “He could just stand in this mess.”
Helgeson notes that Carter has received a lot of love online since his passing, which he appreciates, but says the “difficult part” is that he still sees “the other things.”
“That’s the big reason why… why we’re talking,” the Minneapolis songwriter points out. “Because someone needs to say different…He was a wonderful, wonderful person.”
There has been speculation about who was actually part of Carter’s inner circle amid all the turmoil of his life – given his public fallout, including with his own brother, Nick Carter.
Helgeson tells us Aaron couldn’t speak to Nick directly before his death to make amends, but says the Backstreet Boys member was aware his younger brother had regrets.
“I know they had plans…to reunite, to forgive,” the manager said. “I don’t know exactly when, but I know they wanted – that was the idea.”
Cowell won’t use a regular bike “because when you go…
He concludes : “[Aaron] said, “When the time is right, we’ll get through this,” and that’s the irony, isn’t it? “The time has come.”
On November 6, Nick, 42, penned a moving tribute to his brother, writing in part: “Even though my brother and I had a complicated relationship, my love for him never faded.
“I always held out hope that he would one day, somehow, follow a healthy path and eventually find the help he desperately needed. Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss.But the truth is, addiction and mental illness are the real bad guys here.
New York Post