Since the genesis of popular culture, each generation has heralded a heartthrob. A hunky teen icon with some kind of talent whether it be singing or acting who girls and gay bois dream of dating and straight bois emulate in the hopes of dating the aforementioned fan girls.

Such sacred lads have existed in various different incarnations for decades and decades so why ’00s lover boi Aaron Carter just went on a Twitter rant claiming to have invented the role is BEYOND me.

Carter, the blonde ‘I Want Candy’ bloke who dated noughties queens Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan, hit back at a Twitter user who dragged him for not reaching current icon Justin Bieber‘s  level of fame.

“It’s been explained to me why never reached the level of success did, but I still wonder about it,” the savage fan wrote and he obviously hit a soft spot as Carter went IN on his response:

“Listen man. I can’t sit here & just not say anything to that, I’ve been in this industry before he was born. I’ve had harder times and always bounce back. No I’m not Justin Bieber I’m Aaron Carter. I’m also in construction. I paved the way. These kids have NEVER paid me homage.”

Hold up. Hold up. Hold up.

So this guy, who was famous for a grand total of 35 seconds back in the day and never had a number one selling album, wants Justin fkn Bieber, a Grammy Award winner, voted among the top 10 most powerful celebrities by Forbes, to thank him for his contribution to music, without which his career supposedly never would’ve taken off?

… sure m8.

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