Aaron Carter’s cyberbullying “broke down” over a period of time, his manager EXCLUSIVELY tells Page Six.
“It was like a nightmare,” Taylor Helgeson says of the constant hate the late “I Want Candy” singer received.
“It was non-stop. It was very tough, and yes, it affected him a number.”
Carter was found tragically dead at the age of 34 on the 5th of November. He was reportedly surrounded by cans of compressed air and pill bottles at the time.
Although Helgeson previously told us that he doesn’t think suicide was ever an option for the “Aaron’s Party” singer, his mental health has definitely been affected by the online trolls.
“I wouldn’t go so far as to blame it entirely on that [for Carter’s death]But I watched it unravel over a long period of time,” says the CEO of Big Umbrella Management.
“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 room for us to live a sustainable, good life.”
Sometimes the antipathy toward Carter has transcended the digital space, Helgeson says, recalling that time the “That’s How I Beat Shaq” singer was harassed during a live performance.
“It really affected him, he didn’t let him appear in the performance, but when he walked off the stage he was really sad,” says the director. “He wasn’t angry, he was sad.”
After Carter left the venue that night, Helgeson adds, he went to Twitter to see more people posting about the show and continuing their barbs on social media.
“He was looking at this stuff and it hurt him a lot,” says a music industry insider, adding that Carter “can’t seem to stay away from” social media.
Helgeson says he once told Carter he would offer to manage his social media accounts — so he wouldn’t see the hate online — but that “it would never happen” because the “House of Carter” alum felt the need to give back to the haters.
“Many days, he felt he had something to prove,” says the manager. “He can only stand in this mess.”
Helgeson notes that Carter has received a lot of love online since his death, which he appreciates, but says the “hard part” is that he still sees “the other stuff”.
“That’s the main reason… why we talk,” notes the Minneapolis-born songwriter. “Because someone needs to say differently… He was an amazing, wonderful person.”
There has been speculation about who was actually part of Carter’s inner circle amid all the turmoil in his life – given his public fallout, including his fallout with his brother, Nick Carter.
Helgeson tells us that Aaron was unable to speak to Nick right before his death to make amends, but says the Backstreet Boys member knew his younger brother had regrets.
“I know they have plans…to meet and forgive,” says the principal. “I don’t know exactly when, but I know they wanted it — that was the idea.”
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On Nov. 6, Nick, 42, wrote an emotional tribute to his brother, writing in part, “Although my brother and I had a complicated relationship, my love for him never faded.
“I always held out the hope, that somehow, one day, he would want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help he so desperately needed. Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for the loss. But the truth is is that addiction and mental illness are the real villain here.”
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