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Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter S9
Celebrity Profile
Birth Date 7 December 1987
Died 5 November 2022 (aged 34)
Hometown Tampa, Forida
Known For Singer

Dancing with the Stars 9

Partner(s) Karina Smirnoff
Placement 5th
Highest Score 29 (Jive)
Lowest Score 18 (Lambada)
Average Score 24.0

Aaron Charles Carter was a celebrity from Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early and personal life[]

Aaron Charles Carter was born at the Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, where his parents, Jane Elizabeth (née Spaulding) and Robert Gene Carter, ran the Garden Villa Retirement Home. The family was originally from New York, where his older brother Nick, of the boy band Backstreet Boys, was born. In addition to his brother Nick, he also has three sisters: twin sister Angel (a model), B.J. and Leslie (1986–2012). Carter is named after his maternal grandfather, Douglas "Charles" Spaulding, and paternal grandfather, Aaron Charles Carter. Carter attended the Frank D. Miles Elementary School and the Ruskin School in Florida.

On 21 February 2008, Carter was arrested in Kimble County, Texas, when he was pulled over for speeding, and authorities found less than two ounces of marijuana in his car.


On 5 November, 2022, Carter died at the age of 34 at his Lancaster, California, home. TMZ reported that Carter was found drowned in his bathtub. A representative for Carter's team said the cause of death is still being determined.

Music career[]

1997–99: Music beginnings[]

Carter began his performing career at the age of seven, as the lead singer of Dead End, a local band formed after the members met at a rock school that they attended in Tampa. He left the band after two years because they were interested in alternative rock while Carter was interested in pop.

Carter made his first solo appearance, singing a cover of The Jets' "Crush on You", when opening for the Backstreet Boys in Berlin in March 1997. The performance was followed by a record contract, and in the fall of 1997, he released his first single, "Crush on You". His first full-length album was released 1 December 1997. The eponymous debut album achieved gold status in Norway, Spain, Denmark, Canada, and Germany, and was released in the United States 16 June 1998.

2000–01: Albums and acting debut[]

Carter's next album, Aaron's Party (Come Get It) was released in the United States 26 September 2000 under the Jive label. The album sold more than three million copies in the United States and was certified 3x platinum by RIAA. The album included the hit singles, "I Want Candy", "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)", "That's How I Beat Shaq" and "Bounce", which songs received airplay on Disney and Nickelodeon. He also made several guest appearances on Nickelodeon and performed as opening act in several concerts for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. In December of that year the album went platinum and he began dating teen actress Hilary Duff.

In March 2001, he made his acting debut, guest starring on an episode of the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. That same month, he and fellow teen star Samantha Mumba performed a concert in MGM studios live on Disney Channel, titled Aaron Carter and Samantha Mumba in Concert. Aaron's part of the concert was released to DVD that same month as Aaron's Party: Live in Concert. In April 2001, he made his Broadway debut, playing JoJo the Who in Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

At the age of thirteen, Carter recorded the album Oh Aaron, which was released on August 7, 2001 and featured his first duet recording with his brother, Nick, and a duet with the new group at the time, No Secrets. Play Along Toys also created an Aaron Carter action figure in conjunction with the album's release. Oh Aaron also went platinum that same year and a live concert at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was released to DVD as Oh Aaron: Live in Concert.

2002–08: Another Earthquake and Saturday Night[]

Carter's next album, Another Earthquake, was released 3 September 2002, during the "Rock, Rap, and Retro" tour. The album featured the patriotic-themed "America A.O." and the ballad "Do You Remember". He guest starred on three episodes of All That and sang the theme song to the PBS animated series Liberty's Kids, titled "Through My Own Eyes".

During that time, Carter's parents filed a lawsuit against his former manager, Lou Pearlman (now in federal prison for major fraud), in 2002 alleging failure to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties on Carter's 1998 album, which was released through Pearlman's label and production company, Trans Continental. On 13 March 2003, Pearlman was declared in contempt of court for ignoring a court order to produce documents relating to royalty payments. He had also dated Lindsay Lohan along with his girlfriend Hilary Duff at the same time (leading to a feud between the two), but he broke up with Lohan in April 2003, and resumed dating Duff. Later, that same year, he reportedly cheated on her and Duff ended their on-and-off relationship after two years. Carter's Most Requested Hits, a collection including tracks from his last three albums as well as a new single, "One Better", was released 3 November 2003.

"Saturday Night", which was released 22 March 2005 and was promoted by Carter during his summer 2005 Remix Tour. The song was released by Trans Continental label, with Lou Pearlman as executive producer. The single was also featured in the soundtrack of the film Popstar, in which Carter starred. The direct-to-video film was based heavily on his own life as a performer. A real-life motocross racer, Carter also appeared in 2005's Supercross. On 21 March 2006, Trans Continental filed a lawsuit against Carter within the Los Angeles Superior Court, citing that Carter allegedly reneged on a recording deal. Carter had signed the contract 7 December 2004, when he was seventeen and underage. His attorney however stated that Carter had the right to "cancel or void various agreements" that were signed when he was a minor.

Carter and his siblings starred in a reality show, House of Carters, which ran in October–November 2006 on E! The series features all five Carter siblings reuniting to live in the same house. On 18 September 2006, it was reported that Carter was engaged to former beauty queen and Playboy model Kari Ann Peniche. US Weekly later reported that Carter had broken off his engagement to Peniche, saying he was impulsive in proposing to her.

2008–2013: Touring[]

During his time on Dancing with the Stars, he also released some music online, including the single "Dance with Me" featuring Flo Rida in an attempt to kickstart his music career again. On 22 August 2010, Carter performed in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, at a benefit concert for Audrianna Bartol, a three-year-old stricken with Stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer.

On 23 January 2011, Carter's manager Johnny Wright announced that Carter had entered a treatment facility "to heal some emotional and spiritual issues he was dealing with." After entering the facility, Carter's first message to his fans was, "The main thing in life is not to be afraid of being human." On 10 February 2011, it was announced that Carter had successfully completed a month of rehab at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Carter was scheduled to perform a second benefit concert for Audrianna Bartol on February 5, 2011 in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY and a benefit for the activist organization, "Four Years. Go", was originally scheduled for 24 February 2011 in Manville, New Jersey. The Manville show was rescheduled to take place 24 March 2011. On 2 September 2011, Carter performed a show at the Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales, Florida.

On 7 November 2011, Carter began starring in the Off-Broadway production of the world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, at the Snapple Theater Center in New York City. Carter has been cast in the role of Matt, the play's central character.

In January 2012, Carter was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. He was eliminated in the first episode.

Throughout 2012, Carter made several one-off performances. On 12 January, Carter performed a concert at Showcase Live in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and on 19 January, he performed another concert at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. On 11 May, he performed an acoustic show at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Carter hosted a Ryan Cabrera show 10 May in Flemington, New Jersey, and performed at Mixtape Festival 17 August. In 2013, Carter kicked off his first tour in eight years, the After Party Tour. The tour ran from February to December 2013 and included over 150 shows in the United States and Canada.

2014-Present: LØVË[]

In June 2014, Carter went on an eleven-city Canadian tour during which he performed brand new songs from his upcoming album for the first time. Carter also announced that he would be embarking on a worldwide tour entitled the Wonderful World Tour, named for a song titled "Wonderful World" from his upcoming album. The tour included fifty dates and ran from September 2014 until January 2015. On 18 July 2014, Carter appeared on Good Day LA, where he performed his new single, "Ooh Wee". He released "Ooh Wee" as a single featuring Pat SoLo, which first became available as a free download with purchase of merchandise on his web store.

On 24 November 2015, Carter previewed a sample of a single titled "Fool's Gold" via Billboard, which is set to be on his upcoming album, LØVË, set for release in late 2016. the album is set to be produced by Aaron Pearce and is set to be executive produced and independently recorded by Carter. The first single from the album, "Fool's Gold", is set to be released 1 April 2016.

More than ten years since his last magazine cover, Carter landed the cover of Contrast Magazine, shot by celebrity photographer, Ben Miller.


On 22 November 2013, Carter filed a bankruptcy petition to shed more than $3.5 million in debt, mostly taxes owed from the money made at the height of his popularity. "This is not a negative thing," Carter publicist Steve Honig told CNN. "It's actually very positive. It's him doing what he needs to do to move forward." The petition states that Carter's biggest creditor is the U.S. government; "he owes the Internal Revenue Service $1.3 million in back taxes from his income in 2003, when Carter was just sixteen."

In 2014, Carter settled all of his tax debt.

Dancing with the Stars 9[]

In 2009, Carter joined Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars. On 10 November, he was eliminated from the show along with his partner Karina Smirnoff. They finished in fifth place.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' Scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Beggin'"
Viennese Waltz / "I Am Your Man"
2 Quickstep / "The Muppet Show Theme Song" 9 9* 9 Safe
3 Rumba / "Spotlight" 8 6 7 Safe
4 Lambada / "Dr. Beat" 6 6 6 Bottom two
5 Argentine Tango / "Epoca" 8 8 8 Bottom two
6 Waltz / "Three Times a Lady"
Mambo marathon / "Ran Kan Kan"
7 Jive / "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Paso Doble / "I Hate Myself for Loving You"
Bottom two
Quarter Finals
Foxtrot / "Lucky"
90s Samba / "Two Princes"


  • His older brother, Nick Carter, made it to the finals of Season 21, finishing in second place.
  • He passed away on 5 November 2022 at age 34.
  • He is the sixth deceased former contestant and the first deceased former male contestant.
  • He is the first contestant to pass away after getting 10s from the judges.