Determined Aaron Carter Proposes New Law To Protect Young Entertainers’ Financial Future
When children enter the entertainment industry at a young age, their lives are never the same. Temptation could lead them down a path of self-destruction.
Enter Carter's Law
Entertainer Aaron Carter knows all about the pressures and temptations that fame at a young age brings. The "I Want Candy" singer-songwriter first came in the public eye when he was 9 years old as he was performing with his older brother, Nick, and his band. That band was the Backstreet Boys, and by the time he was 10, Carter became a household name.
However, Carter has been facing a full gauntlet of challenges as a celebrity. Now, as an adult, Carter is preparing to propose a piece of legislation that could protect the next generation of young stars from facing the same hardships.
"One thing I really want to make a part of my legacy is this 'Carter Law' that I have, to protect kids from themselves, basically, when they turn 18 and they get a buttload of money and don't know what to do with it...," Carter told Yahoo! Entertainment.
"A lot of younger kids are getting into this [business]---and with younger kids comes younger parents. So [parents] can be really naïve to the fact that they're all caught up in the glitz and the glamour, and they forget about morals and principles that kids need to be taught."
Ask Aaron Carter
Carter is also thinking about creating a book that could help aspiring performers who want to enter the entertainment industry. The "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)" singer-songwriter also told Entertainment Tonight that the proposed book would focus more on advice than a strict autobiography.
"I think my experiences can teach a lot of people a lot of things about this industry and growing up and there's a lot of young kids that are being put into this industry and I see it and I desperately want to find ways to protect them because I grew up, you know, with parents that didn't do the best job managing money and finances and even raising their kids and teaching them right from wrong," Carter said. "I learned a lot of things a little bit later in life because of the industry that I had growing up."
News about the proposed Carter Law comes months after Carter battled much of his personal demons in the public eye. On Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, he shared before and after photos that showed a transformation of 45 pounds on his Instagram account. The picture has since been deleted.
Two months before he took that photo, Carter appeared on the medical show The Doctors, where he revealed that he might have HIV. The Doctors stated that Carter's test came back negative.
Dr. Travis Stork also ran a drug test on Carter and he found a combination of marijuana, Xanax, and opiates were in his system. Based on the show's findings, Carter agreed to check into rehab for help.
Carter also revealed in August 2017 that he was bisexual and Carter's fan base rallied around him. He also admitted on a 2016 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? that he suffered from depression and alcoholism following his appearance on Dancing with the Stars and the death of his sister, Leslie.
Enstars reached out to Aaron Carter for a comment.