A book publisher has delayed the release of Aaron Carter’s posthumous memoir amid pushback from the late musician’s publicist and his ex-girlfriend, Hilary Duff.
An attorney representing imprint Ballast Books and memoir author Andy Symonds announced Saturday that his clients have decided “out of respect for the Carter family” to indefinitely postpone the publication of “Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life.” The book was previously scheduled to be released Nov. 15.
Carter, a singer and rapper known for hits such as “I Want Candy” and “Aaron’s Party,” was found dead last week at his home in Lancaster. He was 34.
“Aaron Carter wanted his story told. And he wanted our client, Andy Symonds, a well-respected journalist and author, to tell that story with all its beauty and rawness,” attorney Scott Atherton said in a statement provided to the Los Angeles Times.
“Public attention has recently focused on a small number of interactions during Mr. Carter’s early years. The more important story is about Mr. Carter’s life as a whole and what people can learn from his professional success, his personal struggles, and his tragic passing. … Mr. Carter was not just a celebrity, but he was also a father, a brother, a son, and a friend to many who are still grieving for him.”
Ballast Books’ decision comes days after Duff accused the publisher via the Daily Mail of “recklessly pushing a book out to capitalize on this tragedy without taking appropriate time or care to fact check the validity of his work.” The “How I Met Your Father” actor and Carter dated when they were both child stars in the early 2000s.
An excerpt from the tell-all memoir obtained recently by the New York Post claims that the “Lizzie McGuire” alum and the “I’m All About You” artist lost their virginities to each other at a hotel in Los Angeles when they were about 13.
“To water down Aaron’s life story to what seems to be unverified click-bait for profit is disgusting,” Duff told the Daily Mail. “In no way do I condone shedding any light on what is so obviously an uninformed, heartless, money grab.”
Carter’s publicist also told Page Six on Friday that the vocalist did not want the “unauthorized” memoir to be published.
“Aaron, in the midst of [working on the book], said, ‘I want nothing to do with this’ and stopped, so the fact that the publisher is saying it’s green-lit, it’s not,” his rep said. “That’s against Aaron’s wishes.”
Authorities are still trying to determine how Carter died after the Los Angeles County coroner’s office performed an autopsy and deferred declaring a cause of death pending chemical tests. On Sunday, TMZ reported that the State of California will decide who inherits Carter’s estate after he reportedly died without a will.
“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,” Duff, 35, wrote last week in a statement posted on Instagram. “You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent… boy did my teenage self love you deeply.”