The discharge of Aaron Carter’s unfinished memoir has been delayed following criticism from the late singer’s ex-girlfriend, Hilary Duff.
In a press assertion issued on Saturday — one week after Carter, 34, was discovered useless at his California house — a consultant for the Ballast Books publishing firm and creator Andy Symonds defined the choice to scrap the Nov. 15 launch date.
“Aaron Carter wished his story advised,” Atherton Galardi Mullen & Reeder PLLC founder Scott Atherton wrote. “And he wished our consumer, Andy Symonds, a well-respected journalist and creator, to inform that story with all its magnificence and rawness. Public consideration has lately centered on a small variety of interactions throughout Mr. Carter’s early years. The extra essential story is about Mr. Carter’s life as an entire and what folks can study from his skilled success, his private struggles and his tragic passing. Out of respect for the Carter household, my consumer has determined to defer additional launch of the e book at the moment. Mr. Carter was not only a movie star, however he was additionally a father, a brother, a son and a pal to many who’re nonetheless grieving for him.”
Symonds’s Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life was drawn from interviews the journalist carried out with Carter over a three-year interval. That the e book was being fast-tracked, regardless of being incomplete, so quickly after the “I Need Sweet” singer’s demise rubbed some, together with Duff, the fallacious approach.
“It is actually unhappy that inside every week of Aaron’s demise there is a writer that appears to be recklessly pushing a e book out to capitalize on this tragedy with out taking applicable time or care to truth verify the validity of his work,” Duff, who dated Carter from 2001 to 2004, stated in an announcement to E! Information. “To water down Aaron’s life story to what appears to be unverified click-bait for revenue is disgusting. By no means do I condone shedding any mild on what’s so clearly an uninformed, heartless cash seize.”
Carter’s administration additionally spoke out in opposition to the e book’s launch.
“Within the few quick days following our expensive pal’s passing, we now have been making an attempt to grieve and course of whereas concurrently having to cope with obscenely disrespectful and unauthorized releases,” his group advised E! Information. “This can be a time for mourning and reflection not heartless cash grabs and a spotlight in search of.”
Carter’s publicist additionally advised Web page Six that the e book’s publication was “in opposition to Aaron’s needs.”
“Aaron, within the midst of [working on the book], stated, ‘I would like nothing to do with this’ and stopped, so the truth that the writer is saying it’s green-lit, it’s not,” his publicist advised the outlet, which has additionally reported that the unfinished memoir comprises explosive and unvetted claims about his alleged sexual relationship with Duff as teenagers. Carter additionally reportedly shared a narrative about waking up from a sleepover at pal Michael Jackson’s home to search out the pop star carrying solely underwear.
In an announcement to Yahoo Leisure final week, Symonds defended the undertaking and Carter’s proper to “inform his story.”
“Aaron Carter employed me to assist him inform the world his story,” Symonds stated following Duff’s criticism. “That story, whereas tragically reduce quick, was full of good and unhealthy. His life was removed from fairly, and understandably sure folks within the public eye don’t desire a few of the tales Aaron tells in his e book to come back to mild. That does not make them any much less true or newsworthy. Aaron had a proper — as all of us do — to inform his story. As a journalist, I’m honored that he selected me to assist him try this. Along with being cathartic for him, Aaron hoped this e book would assist others scuffling with dependancy and psychological sickness. I hope and consider it would try this.”
Atherton confirmed to Yahoo Leisure that Symonds now “now not intends to publish the e book subsequent week,” including that the creator is “working in direction of” reversing any motion taken with distribution channels.