Hilary Duff pays tribute to ex Aaron Carter after his death

Hilary Duff pays tribute to ex Aaron Carter after his death

Hilary Duff penned a touching tribute to her ex-boyfriend Aaron Carter after his death Saturday.

“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,” the “Lizzie McGuire” alum, 35, wrote via Instagram.

“You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent … boy did my teenage self love you deeply.”

Duff concluded her message by telling Carter to “rest easy” and “sending love” to his grieving family.

The former couple started dating in 2000 when they were both 13 years old. They were together on and off for three years, ultimately breaking up for good after an infamous love triangle with Lindsay Lohan.

“I just got a little bored, so I went and I started getting to know Lindsay, dating Lindsay,” Carter admitted on CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch” in 2005, adding that Duff “really got her heart broken,” which he felt “sorry” about.

After the “Younger” star grew up and started a family years later, the “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” singer continued to express regret over how he had treated her.

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The “Aaron’s Party” singer was found dead in his California home on Saturday.
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HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 26:  (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Hilary Duff (L) hugs singer Aaron Carter at the post-premiere party for The Lizzie McGuire Movie on April 26, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Getty Images)
The young couple at the post-premiere party for “The Lizzie McGuire” on April 26, 2003 in Hollywood.
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“I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to better myself to get back to her,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet in 2014. “I don’t care what ANY of you think.”

Duff reacted to her ex’s public declarations of love later that year, telling BuzzFeed, “He keeps doing that. I don’t know how I feel. I mean, that was so long ago. … [We] don’t know each other [anymore].”

Carter eventually moved past his feelings for the “How I Met Your Father” star. He got engaged to Melanie Martin in 2020, and they welcomed a son named Prince in 2021.

The former couple started dating in 2000 when they were both 13 years old. They were together on and off for three years, ultimately breaking up for good after an infamous love triangle with Lindsay Lohan.
The couple started dating in 2000 when they were both 13 and broke up after an infamous love triangle with Lindsay Lohan.
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But the former child star — who was the younger brother of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter — struggled with addiction and family trauma in the final years of his life.

He was found dead Saturday morning in a bathtub at his California home at age 34.

“Aaron worked very hard towards the end of his life in recovery, to be a good father and to make amends with his family,” his rep told Page Six.

The cause of death has yet to be determined.