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Publisher of Aaron Carter’s memoir postpones release after backlash


Aaron Carter in 2021

The book was due to be released in just two days (Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

The release of Aaron Carter’s memoir has been delayed ‘out of respect’ for his family, the publisher has announced, in a move slammed as a ‘heartless cash grab’. .

The I Want Candy singer, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, was found dead at his California home on November 5 aged just 34.

A few days later, Ballast Books announced plans to release Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life on November 15.

However, after backlash, including from Carter’s ex-girlfriend and fellow Disney alum Hilary Duff, they have now decided against publishing the tome.

Attorney Scott Atherton, founder of Atherton Galardi Mullen & Reeder PLLC, which represents Ballast Books and author Andy Symonds, said in a statement: ‘Out of respect for the Carter family, my client has decided to delay further release of this book. What has been decided? Time Mr. Carter was not only a celebrity but a father, a brother, a son and a friend to many who still mourn for him.’

The lawyer also noted that ‘public attention has recently focused on very few interactions during Mr. Carter’s early years.’

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Ballast Books and author Andy Symonds said they made the move ‘out of respect for the Carter family’ (Photo: Ilya S. Sevanok/Getty Images)

Nick Carter and Aaron Carter

The former Disney star was also the younger brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter (L) (Image: Instagram)

He added: ‘The more important story is about Mr Carter’s life and what people can learn from his professional success, personal struggles and tragic passing.’

Despite the criticism that the planned release faced, the lawyer insisted that Aaron wanted his story to be told ‘in all its beauty and rawness’.

Author Symonds interviewed the late pop star over a three-year period for the book.

Carter’s ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff, whom he met as a teenager, previously described the book’s release as ‘disgusting’.

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After paying tribute to her former childhood sweetheart, actress Hilary Duff condemned the publication of the memoir (Photo: Arturo Holmes/WireImage)

In a statement to E! News, he said: ‘It is truly sad that within a week of Aaron’s death, a publisher seems to be capitalizing on this tragedy without taking the time or care to check the authenticity of his work. Moving a book carelessly.

‘Telling Aaron’s life story for unverified clickbait profit is disgusting. I in no way apologize for shedding any light on what is obviously an ill-informed, heartless, money grab.’

Carter’s management team, Big Umbrella Management, thanked the Lizzie McGuire star for speaking out as they also condemned the release.

He added: ‘In the few short days of our beloved friend’s passing, we are trying to grieve and process it while also dealing with a number of obscene and unauthorized releases.

Aaron Carter and Hilary Duff

Hillary supported Carter on and off from 2000 to 2003 (Photo: Lester Cohen Archive/WireImage)

‘These releases include an album, a single and now a book.

“This is a time to mourn and remember an incredible soul lost, not a heartless money grab and attention grabber. We ask the responsible parties to remove the above content and inform his family, friends and No further material may be released without the approval of colleagues.’

In response to the criticism, Symonds first said: Metro.co.uk: ‘Aaron Carter hired me to help tell his story to the world. That story, while tragically cut short, was full of good and bad.

‘His life was far from pretty, and in the public eye understandably some people don’t want some of the stories Aaron tells in his book to go public. That doesn’t make them any less true or newsworthy. Aaron had a right to tell his story—as do we all.

‘As a journalist, I am honored that he chose me to help him in this work. In addition to being cathartic for him, Aaron hopes the book will help others struggling with addiction and mental illness. I hope and believe it will.’

Carter was reportedly found unresponsive in the bathtub at her Lancaster, California home by a housekeeper, a formerly homeless woman, who was taken care of by the star after a break-in. Was taken in for help.

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