Aaron Carter, best known for the 2000 hit ‘Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)‘, has spoken out about being “bullied and body shamed” for his weight on social media, saying he has received “hate messages and death threats” from followers.
The singer, now aged 29, was hospitalised for exhaustion following a gig in Syracuse, New York late last week, and subsequently Tweeted out a photo of him recovering in the St. Joseph’s Health emergency room.
“Lots of shows lately, had to head up to the ER just to get a little check up, these shows are crazy lately, gotta make sure I stay strong,” he said, before sharing another photo of himself in a wheelchair, captioned “I’ll recover.”
His Twitter account since appears to have been deleted or deactivated, but you can see one of the images below:
Carter recently opened up about the fact that he was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia at the age of 19, saying that the stress-related condition makes it difficult for him to eat, and is partly responsible for his thin frame.
He claims that, in spite of the fact that this is public knowledge, he still finds himself on the receiving end of intense bullying from fans, and prior to his hospitalisation, he recounted one such story on Twitter, saying:
“I’m entirely hurt by a so-called fan that I just encountered … [she didn’t realise] I was listening, she said I look like I have cancer. A grown woman was gossiping about me when I have a eating disorder, telling people I need to eat 5 cheeseburgers cause I look like I’m dying. This is body shaming. You guys are bullying me. I’ve already addressed my medical issues.”
The singer, who is also dealing with the recent death of his father, went on to say that he is experiencing one of the most difficult periods of his life, adding:
“I’m sorry I’m not fat enough [for] my fake fans. I’m sorry I’m not good enough or heavy enough to be attractive … I’m bullied and body shamed by the world … They literally won’t stop bullying me … They won’t leave me alone. I’m getting hate messages and death threats. Been in the hospital three times this month, dealing with health issues and broken fingers as well as things I can’t legally discuss. Do I have to do a spinal tap to prove to people? They’re trolling me and causing me so [many] insecurities.”
In a later post to his Instagram account, which is still active, Carter wrote:
“I’m not ashamed of my body, maybe I’m too skinny, maybe I’m too short but the one thing I know is I love my fans my family my girlfriend and my friends. I’m not perfect, you never know what someone is going through. We are not immortal.”