Aaron Carter’s unfinished memoir may be released less than a month after his passing.
The release of Aaron Carter’s memoir has been postponed following major backlash from the late star’s management and ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff, who called it nothing but a ‘heartless money grab.’
The memoir, titled Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story Of An Incomplete Life (Ballast Books) was slated for a November 15 release, 10 days after he was found dead at his home at the age of 34.
Andy Symonds, the author who co-wrote the book with Carter, and the publishers hit back at criticism in a statement with the Daily Mail on Friday saying: Carter wanted his story told ‘with all its beauty and rawness.’ But added: ‘Out of respect for the Carter family, my client has decided to defer the further release of the book at this time. Mr. Carter was not just a celebrity but also a father, a brother, a son, and a friend to many still grieving for him.’
Hilary Duff is not happy about some of the content that shares personal information about her relationship with Carter when they were young teens.
The publishers are maintaining that they believe the memoir has a far broader message and that ‘the more important story is about Mr. Carter’s life and what people can learn from his professional success, personal struggles, and tragic passing.
Aaron Carter hired me to help him tell the world his story. That story, while tragically cut short, was filled with good and bad. His life was far from pretty, and understandably certain people in the public eye don’t want some of the stories Aaron tells in his book to come to light.’
The unfinished memoir was written over the course of three years, and an excerpt obtained by the New York Post read: ‘Hilary and I lost our virginity to each other at a hotel… in LA.
‘I think it was her birthday, maybe her 13th [September 28 2000], but I don’t remember. Her friends walked in, and we just yelled at them to get out.’
Aaron and Hilary Duff met as fellow teen idols in 2000 and dated on-off until 2003.
Duff spoke with DailyMail.com: ‘It’s really sad that within a week of Aaron’s death, there’s a publisher that seems to be recklessly pushing a book out to capitalize on this tragedy without taking appropriate time or care to fact check the validity of his work.’
‘To water down Aaron’s life story to what seems to be unverified click-bait for profit is disgusting. In no way do I condone shedding any light on what is so obviously an uninformed, heartless, money grab.’