Aaron Carter’s memoir publisher postpones release ‘out of respect for Carter family’ following backlash


The release of Aaron Carter’s memoir has been postponed ‘out of respect’ for his family, the publisher has announced, following fierce criticism of the move as a ‘heartless money grab’.

The I Want Candy singer, younger brother to Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, was found dead at his California home aged just 34 on November 5.

Days later, Ballast Books announced plans to release Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life on 15 November.

However, following backlash, including from Carter’s ex-girlfriend and fellow Disney alum Hilary Duff, they have now decided against publishing the tome.

Attorney Scott Atherton, founder of Atherton Galardi Mullen and Reeder PLLC, who represents Ballast Books and author Andy Symonds, said in a statement: ‘Out of respect for the Carter family, my client has decided to defer the further release of the book at this time. Mr Carter was not just a celebrity but also a father, a brother, a son, and a friend to many still grieving for him.’

The lawyer also noted that ‘public attention has recently focused on a small number of interactions during Mr Carter’s early years.’

He added: ‘The more important story is about Mr Carter’s life and what people can learn from his professional success, personal struggles, and tragic passing.’

Despite the criticism the planned release had faced, the attorney insisted Carter had wanted his story ‘with all its beauty and rawness’ to be told.

Author Symonds had interviewed the late pop star over a period of three years for the book.

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