Singer and actor Aaron Carter came out as bisexual in a note on social media last night, saying that it “has been weighing on [his] chest for nearly half of [his] life.”
Carter, the brother of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, said that since the age of 13 he has found both boys and girls attractive and had his first experience with a man at the age of 17.
Added 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 of me.”
Carter has been open about his struggles with eating disorders and substance abuse and was arrested in mid-July on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession.
Saying he never wants to be a “figure of disappointment,” Carter concluded with a quote from Boy George he said summed up his feelings: “I’ve neveer felt as though I didn’t belong, I just acted as though I did.”