How Aaron Carter Lived The Last Year Of His Life
Aaron Carter was a bit of a “hermit” in his final year, but was determined to get his career back on track, according to his friend and co-writer Dan Wright.
Wright, a musician known as 3D Friends, exclusively tells Page Six in the months leading up to the singer’s tragic Nov. 5 death everything seemed like business as usual as they prepared to release Carter’s new album, “Blacklisted,” which dropped on Monday.
Wright described the “I Want Candy” singer as someone who “didn’t have a lot of people who were willing to help” or work with the musician due to his troubled past with drugs.
He adds that Carter just “wanted to get his career” back, but it was hard because the “Aaron’s Party” singer would say no to opportunities and allegedly refuse to leave his California home.
“I got the feeling he was kind of almost like a hermit,” Wright says. “He didn’t really leave the house. He didn’t really leave his town of Lancaster. He liked staying in, he liked staying home.
“He was a homebody, and I think as a result he just didn’t have a lot of people that were willing to go to his house, stay with him, [and] help him write an album.”
Wright says that the last time they spoke was brief and was strictly about business plans regarding the album, admitting they’d lost touch in recent months.
But the musician insists that the entire time he worked with Carter, the former child star was extremely vocal about his sobriety.
“Aaron was very proud of being five years sober. He would always say that,” Wright tells us.
“He would use the term ‘Cali sober’ a lot,” Wright adds, referring to a slang term used to describe people who replace other addictive substances with marijuana.
Wright says that along with weed, he only ever saw Carter take his Xanax prescription, which he claimed he’d been on for a “very long time.”
“He gives off this bad boy persona online and stuff, but talking to him in person — he’s so articulate and so quick and has so many stories and has so much knowledge. I definitely never got the feeling that he was high on dusters,” Wright explains.
Carter has been open about his battle with drugs in the past, revealing his addiction to huffing in a 2019 interview on “The Doctors.”
Carter had also previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, manic depression and anxiety.
The “That’s How I Beat Shaq” singer — who shares an 11-month-old son with fiancée Melanie Martin — was found dead in his bathtub by his housekeeper on Saturday at age 34.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but law enforcement sources told TMZ that first responders found cans of compressed air in the bathroom at the time of his death.
Wright says that before his sudden death, Carter was excited to be working on music again for the first time in years and was happy to be preparing to be on tour.
“He came off like he was excited to work. He wanted to get his career back. He was excited when [Wright and artist manager Morgan Matthews] booked him shows. He was excited to be doing stuff again,” Wright says.
“I was looking forward to having him as a lifelong friend. I’m just going to miss that.”