Aaron Carter: ‘My depression was brought on by parents’ divorce’

Aaron Carter claims his parents’ divorce caused his battle with depression and subsequent substance abuse.
The former child popstar appeared on Oprah: Where Are They Now? in a rare interview aired on Saturday night (22Oct16). During the chat, Aaron revealed he told of his parents’ split and asked who he wanted to live with just an hour before he was due to show off their luxurious home on MTV celebrity property show Cribs.
“It was 2004 or 2003, a lot of money was coming in, we had the biggest estate in all of the Florida Keys,” he recalls. “That was the day my mother and my father told me that they were divorcing and I was no longer going to be at that property… I had to show all the cameras my life that I was losing and nobody ever knew it.”
The 28-year-old is convinced their split triggered his battle with depression as to block out his feelings he began partying and drinking heavily. He admitted himself to the Betty Ford Center in 2011 to be treated for those issues, as well as an addiction to anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
“The depression was brought on because I loved my family being together,” he explains. “I did not want to see them divorced. I couldn’t dwell on it. I couldn’t think about it too much. I kind of had to block it out. I started partying and getting into a lot of trouble… With everything that was happening, I started losing all my money. I went broke.
“I was like, ‘I’m on a bad path right now, I need help’… my mother came and picked me up, took me down to her house and the next day I was at Betty Ford Center.”
During the episode, he reveals how he thought his 2009 appearance on U.S. reality show Dancing with the Stars would help relaunch his music career but nothing came out of it because producers had “no interest” in working with him.
He is still battling financial problems but says he learned life was “more than just money and fame” following the 2012 death of his sister Leslie, who he promised to get her the money for a rehab stay of her own just two weeks before her death.