Cyber bullying “handicapped” Aaron Carter over a period of time, his manager exclusively tells Page Six.
“It was like a nightmare,” Taylor Helgeson says of the relentless hate the late “I Want Candy” singer received.
“It was non-stop. He was so relentless and, yes, she affected him.”
Although Helgeson previously told us that he does not believe suicide was once an option For the “Aaron’s Party” singer, his mental health certainly took a hit due to online trolls.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to blame that entirely. [for Carter’s death]but I saw that it brought it down over a long period of time,” says the Big Umbrella Management executive.
“He never chose his life… I don’t think he was given the same tools that many of us have to navigate life in a way that leaves us room to live good, sustainable lives.”
Helgeson says the hatred for Carter sometimes surpassed the digital space, recalling a time the “This Is How I Beat Shaq” singer was interrupted during a live show.
“It really affected him, and he didn’t let it show in the performance, but when he came offstage, he was so sad,” the manager says. “He wasn’t angry, he was sad.”
Helgeson adds that after Carter left the venue that night, he took to Twitter to see more people posting about the show and continuing his vitriol on social media.
“He would look at these things and it would hurt a lot,” says the music industry source, 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 “House of Carter” alum felt the need to. answer. to the haters.
“Many days, he felt like he had something to prove,” says the manager. “He could just be standing in this mess.”
Helgeson notes that Carter has received a lot of love online since he passed, which he appreciates, but says the “tough part” is that he still sees “the other stuff.”
“That’s the big reason why…we’re talking about it,” says the Minneapolis-raised composer. “Because someone needs to say something 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 in his life, given its public fallout, including with his own brother, Nick Carter.
Helgeson tells us that Aaron wasn’t able to speak to Nick directly before he died to make amends, but says that the Backstreet Boys member knew his younger brother had regrets.
“I know they had plans… to get together, to forgive,” says the manager. “I don’t know exactly when, but I know they wanted to, that was the idea.”
He concludes, “[Aaron] He said, ‘When the time is right, we’ll figure this out,’ and that’s the irony, right? ‘The time is right.’”
On November 6, Nick, 42, wrote an emotional tribute to his brother, writing in part: “Although my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never faded.
“I have always held on to the hope that somehow one day I want to walk a healthy path and eventually find much-needed help. Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss. But the truth is, addiction and mental illness are the real villains here.”