On November 5, Aaron Carter died in his California home at the age of 34. Family, friends and fans from all over shared their grief and sadness as well as their support for the late singer's family and friends.
Unfortunately, some decided this was an opportunity to capitalize on the tragic situation.
Carter was partnering with author Andy Symonds for the last three years writing a memoir of his life.
The book is now set to hit shelves as early as next week. The memoir, published by Ballast Books, is titled Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life.
Although the book has yet to be released, several excerpts have been making their way around the internet. One such excerpt obtained by the New York Post reveals some rather private details about Carter and singer actor Hilary Duff.
The two dated after Carter guest-starred on an episode of Lizzie McGuire alongside lead actor Duff. The couple broke up in 2003.
Duff shared a heartfelt Instagram post upon hearing of Carter's passing.
"For Aaron - I'm deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in front of the whole world."
"You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent... boy did my teenage self love you deeply."
"Sending love to your family at this time. Rest easy."
The excerpt from Carter's memoir obtained by the Post reads:
"Hilary and I lost our virginity to each other at a hotel...in LA."
"I think it was her birthday, maybe her 13th, but I don't remember."
"Her friends walked in, and we just yelled at them to get out."
Duff herself responded to the claims:
"To water down Aaron's life story to what seems to be unverified clickbait for profit is disgusting."
"In no way do I condone shedding any light on what is so obviously an uninformed, heartless, money grab."
"It's really sad that within a week of Aaron's death, there's a publisher that seems to be recklessly pushing a book out to capitalize on this tragedy without taking appropriate time or care to fact check the validity of his work."
Many stated their support for Duff and her stance on the release of the memoir.
It seems that everyone except for Ballast books agrees that it's really no one else's business, anyway.
Duff's fans aren't the only ones defending her statements. Carter's team also chimed in with their support.
A rep told the New York Post on behalf of Carter's team:
"We as Aaron's management would like to thank Hilary Duff for her statement regarding the book that is set to be released."
"In the few short days following our dear friend's passing, we have been trying to grieve and process while simultaneously having to deal with obscenely disrespectful and unauthorized releases, including an album titled 'Blacklisted', a single titled 'Lately,' and now a book."
"This is a time for mourning and reflection, not heartless money grabs and attention seeking."
"We would ask the parties responsible to remove the aforementioned content and that no further content be released without approval from his family, friends, and associates."
We truly hope those wishes are respected and that those close to Carter are given time and space to mourn and process.