“I learned that there is a very valuable lesson in growing up as a young star and then being about to come out the other side,” the “I Want Candy” singer exclusively said We Weekly in april 2017 from when he started performing at age 7. “People get lost, but I discovered a formula. It’s hard work, dedication, listening to people and having an open mind and being open to learning – being humble is important. When you start so young, you lose sight of what reality is and it becomes your normality.”
The Florida native rose to fame in the early 2000sserving as the opening act for the big brother Nick Carterin The Backstreet Boys band. Aaron soon became a musical success, releasing the singles “Oh, Aaron”, “Not Too Young, Not Too Old” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq”. After several records, the dancing with the stars alum finally took a 15-year hiatus from releasing albums.
like the late Carter’s House alum grew up, he struggled with alcohol and drug addictionas well as mental health challenges.
“I thought I would die at 30”, Aaron remembered for We in December 2017, shortly after his 30th birthday. “Even when I was 13, 14, I was like, ‘Oh my God. I will die.’ Life was pretty tough. I dealt with a lot of trauma, a lot of loss, a lot of loneliness. I just felt like I needed to get away.”
“It’s all a beautiful blessing because I’ve had many relationships and started [to] kind of [give] in love. I was talking about having a family years ago,” Aaron – who split from Martin in February 2022 – said We a month after Prince’s arrival. “I [wanted] being at home and enjoying the love of my life and my son. Now that you’re here, it’s like an epiphany. Every minute now has become so precious and every bit of time that passes now… [really] I changed my thinking gears. I’ve given a lot of people a second and third chance, as you can see with us and the things we’ve been through.”
We confirmed in November 2022 that Aaron had died at the age of 34 when he was found unconscious in his California home.
“My baby. I can’t breathe,” Martin captioned a tribute to Instagram Story at the time.
Scroll below to revisit Aaron’s highs and lows before his death: