Hilary Duff Pays Tribute to Aaron Carter: ‘My Teen Loved You Deeply’

Hilary Duff has shared a moving tribute to her teenage flame Aaron Carter after his death on Saturday, recalling how much her young self loved the singer “deeply”.

For millennials of a certain age, the duo were essentially the teenage dream version of Brangelina, uniting on-screen and off-screen as one of the most watched and watched power couples of the early 2000s. .

In a note titled “To Aaron” shared on her social media on Saturday, Duff mourned the teenager she knew all those years ago.

“I am deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in front of the whole world,” she wrote on Instagram. “You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent…boy did my teenage self love you deeply.”

She ended her message by telling Carter to “keep calm” and that she “sends love” to her family.

Carter was found dead Saturday at his home in Lancaster, Calif. He was 34 years old. No cause of death has been given for the late singer, who was the younger brother of Backstreet Boys lead singer Nick Carter.

Duff and Aaron Carter started dating when they were just 13 in 2000, with their recurring romance officially ending around 2003.

Carter appeared on Duff’s Disney Channel series “Lizzie McGuire” in a 2001 episode, in which he played himself and performed a Christmas-themed version of his hit single “I Want Candy.” In one of the most memorable moments of the now classic episode, Carter says, “Merry Christmas, Lizzie McGuire” before sharing a kiss.

The two were part of a love triangle with Lindsay Lohan, who began dating Carter during one of her breakups with Duff, sparking a high-profile feud between the teenage queens at the time.

Since then, Carter has repeatedly expressed regret over the end of the relationship, declaring his love for Duff over the years and telling Entertainment Tonight in 2014 that he was “not going to give up on Hilary, ever.”

“Don’t be that stupid asshole who loses the love of your life forever. Like me,” he wrote on Twitter the same year. I don’t care what ALL of you think.

Duff brushed off her advances at the time, reiterating that their romance was a thing of the past.

“I keep seeing that, that he keeps doing that,” she told BuzzFeed. ” I do not know how I feel. I mean, it was so long ago, and obviously I’m still married, and I have a baby and we’re just. … Yeah, don’t know each other… so… yeah.

Carter went on to start his own family with fiancée Melanie Martin, with whom he shared 11-month-old son Prince.


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