Long gone are the days of a young Aaron Carter singing about pre-teen house parties and that time he beat Shaq in a basketball game. The now 29-year-old musician has dealt with addiction, bankruptcy, and now death threats.
Carter has recently been touring around the country performing songs off his February five-song EP titled “LØVË” — his first album drop since 2002. But after a show for HOT 107.9 in Syracuse, New York on Thursday, the “Sooner or Later” singer was quickly hospitalized for exhaustion, according to People.
From his now-deleted Twitter account, Carter shared an update with his fans explaining what happened, and assuring them he would be just fine:
Lots of shows lately, had to head up to ER just to get a little check up these shows are crazy lately gotta make sure I stay strong. I’ll recover.
The tweet was also accompanied by a picture of himself resting in a hospital bed:Screenshot/Twitter
However, he was dealing with way more than just exhaustion that day. According to his now-deleted tweets from just hours before his hospitalization, per People, Carter has been at the brunt of excessive, brutal body shaming as well as numerous death threats.
According to Carter, it’s all stemmed from his weight.
In late April, the singer addressed the influx of comments regarding his slender physique. He revealed that when he was 19-years-old, he was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. According to the Mayo Clinic, a hiatal hernia occurs when part of one’s stomach pushes upward through their diaphragm causing heartburn, chest or abdominal pain, and feeling especially full after meals.
Per USA Today, he tweeted:
By the way y’all wanna know why I’m so skinny? It’s because @ 19, I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, I didn’t choose that. be kind to me.
He continued, writing:
I’m sorry, sometimes I really wish I did look better, or I eat more like y’all say, this life doesn’t come w [sic] much stability. If you don’t believe me ask my brother he was there when I was 19 diagnosed. It’s a stress eating disorder, I’m sorry I didn’t choose this.
No I don’t do drugs, yes I feel pain, I haven’t stopped working since I was 7 years old 22 years later and I still won’t give up.
And on Thursday, he took to Twitter to reveal that since he opened up about his condition, he has still received harsh criticism about his body:
I’m entirely hurt by a so-called fan that I just encountered she wasn’t realizing 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.
He said on top of his medical issues and the negative comments, he’s had the “hardest week of his life,” citing the recent passing of his father and the birthday of his “late sister” who passed away in 2012.
But Carter didn’t stop there, he continued, tweeting:
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.
And he wrote that for fans to actually respect his medical condition he would have to undergo a drastic procedure:
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 much insecurities.
However, he seemed to end the night seeing things in a more hopeful light, tweeting:
All I can do is my best in my life with the conditions I have I need to stay strong, I’m so grateful for my fans, YOU mean the world to me.
By Friday night, Carter was on the mend and posted a photo of himself enjoying dinner after a concert, according to People. He captioned his photo with the hashtag “Staying positive” and wrote that his appetite is coming back.