Aaron Carter’s manager was baffled by the embattled artist’s frail appearance just two days before he was due to go tragically found dead.
“He looked skinny. He was extremely tired,” Taylor Helgeson tells Page Six exclusively.
“It seemed like I needed to do anything but work. It seemed like she needed to take care of him.”
Helgeson, who had been Carter’s manager for eight months, tells us that he met the “I Want Candy” singer at a music studio last week because they had plans to work together on a new album.
However, when the Big Umbrella Management executive saw his client’s appearance, he was concerned but confused as it did not seem to match his upbeat demeanor.
“It didn’t seem right,” Helgeson says before explaining, “Now when I say that, I think it’s very important to contextualize it.
“He didn’t seem to be well physically… [but] Mentally, he was more excited than I’d seen him in months. He was very smart and very aware of what people wanted to see from him.”
Hegelson says that Carter’s excitement about his plans for the future makes him dismiss any doubt that the “Aaron’s Party” singer may have been contemplating suicide.
“He was a guy with a lot of plans,” says the manager. “We had a lot going on and, you know, Aaron was also a very proud guy in his own right. That’s not his style.”
However, it is clear that Carter was struggling to some degree before his death, as a recent report claims that he was found surrounded by compressed air cans and pill bottles when he died.
The “House of Carter” student had been open about his addiction problems – particularly with snorting – but an official cause of death has not yet been determined pending toxicology results.
Helgeson tells Page Six that one of the main points of contention between him and Carter was the musician’s resistance to going to an inpatient rehab program.
“We were proposing [what] it would have been… three months in Utah just to detox and formulate new physical habits within his body,” says the manager.
“[Carter] he was saying, ‘I’m going to get my son back and then I’ll do this,’ and I was saying, ‘If you do this, I’m definitely going to get your son back,’ and that was the disagreement.”
In September, Carter shared with the public that he had enrolled in an outpatient program to try to regain custody of his son Prince, whom he shared with his on-again-off-again fiancée, Melanie Martin.
Helgeson says that even during some of Carter’s lowest points, his son was always at the forefront of his mind.
The music executive shares that sometime in mid-2022, the “This Is How I Beat Shaq” singer admitted to him that he hadn’t “slept in a couple of days” and was “stressed out.”
However, after getting some sleep, Carter woke up with good intentions for his son and asked Helgeson to help him create a will.
“I told him, ‘You need a will,’ so I contacted my publicist at the time and asked him to help me get the paperwork,” says the manager. “And so we started getting together and we got out the paperwork and never signed. She never filled up.”
Helgeson says one of the reasons he and the rest of Carter’s team have delayed both in projects that arose in the midst of the death of the “Fool’s Gold” singer, as his memories now delayed – is because they want to make sure Prince is taken care of.
“Aaron is signed to Sony. Aaron is not an independent artist and all of Aaron’s releases must be approved by the label period,” the manager explains.
“What matters is that when it goes through the right channels, we can be a part of making sure that what comes from that music goes to the right places, namely your child.”
Hegelson says that he and his team have no plans to further the work that Carter had been working on in the near future.
He concludes: “Right now, we are grieving and not interested in projects.”