Hilary Duff Posted A Tribute To Aaron Carter & Said Her 'Teenage Self' Loved Him Deeply

"I'm deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in-front of the whole world."

Toronto Staff Writer
Hilary Duff. Right: Aaron Carter.

Hilary Duff. Right: Aaron Carter.

Hilary Duff posted a touching tribute to her late teenage boyfriend, Aaron Carter.

The 34-year-old singer and little brother of Backstreet Boy member Nick Carter was found dead in his Lancaster, California, home on November 5, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Authorities have not yet revealed the cause of his death.

Shortly after the news broke, Duff took to Instagram, writing, "For Aaron – I'm deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in-front of the whole world."

"You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent... boy did my teenage self love you deeply. Sending love to your family at this time. Rest easy."

Duff and Carter started dating in 2000 when they were both 13 years old, and their romance fizzled out three years later in 2003, according to US Weekly.

Duff fans may recall that Carter even appeared on Lizzie McGuire and performed his hit song "I Want Candy."

Carter mentioned his affection for Duff into adulthood, referring to her as the "love of his life," according to US Weekly.

The star sprung to fame as a child singer and released his debut album, Aaron Carter, at just 9 years old and even went on to tour in the Oops!… I Did It Again Tour with the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears as a teen.

Carter battled with addiction throughout his life and is survived by his fiance Melanie Martin and their young son.

"My fiancé Aaron Carter has passed away," Martin told TMZ. "I love Aaron with all my heart and it's going to be a journey to raise a son without a father.

"Please respect the privacy of my family as we come to terms with the loss of someone we love greatly. We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated."

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Brooke Houghton
Toronto Staff Writer
Brooke Houghton is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada's Ontario Desk focused on celebrity news and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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