The show must go on. Nick Carter played a concert at London’s O2 Arena a day after his brother Aaron Carter was found dead – but the Backstreet Boys paid an emotional tribute to the late rapper.
The boy band were performing their song “No Place” on Sunday November 6 as a montage of photos showing Aaron and Nick, 42, was shown on the giant screens. The Florida native was emotional and openly cried on stage while he was a bandmate Kevin Richardson spoke to the crowd.
“This song is very special to us because it’s about family,” said Richardson, 51. “Everyone in here, we all grew up together. We’ve had ups and downs, ups and downs. You’ve been through it with us; we went through it with you Thank you for taking us with you on this journey. Thank you for being a part of the Backstreet family for 29 years. Thank you for all the love over the years.”
Just before mentioning Aaron’s death, Nick seemed visibly emotional and bandmate AJ McLean pulled him into a hug. Brian Littrell made it a group hug and then Howie Dorough joined to comfort their grieving pal as Richardson explained why the group was grieving.
“Tonight we have a heavy heart because we lost one of our family members yesterday and we just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognize him,” the singer explained. “Nick’s little brother Aaron Carter passed away yesterday at  Year old. He’s part of our family. We thank you for all the love and well wishes and all your support.”
Dorough, 49, added: “We would like to dedicate this song to our little brother Aaron Carter. … may he rest in heaven.”
The “I Want Candy” singer was found dead at his home in California on Saturday, November 5, a spokesman has confirmed Us weekly. He was 34.
Nick spoke about his brother’s death for the first time on Sunday morning. “My heart is broken today. Although my brother and I had a complicated relationship, my love for him never waned,” the BSB singer wrote via Instagram. “I always held onto the hope that one day he would somehow find a healthy path and eventually find the help he so desperately needed.”
He added: “Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss. But the truth is, addiction and mental illness are the real villains here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz., now is your chance to finally have some peace that you could never find here on earth. …God, please take care of my little brother.”
Aaron is survived by his son Prince, who was born in November 2021.
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