In the run-up to a reboot of his stalled music career, singer and reality-TV veteran Aaron Carter has entered a treatment facility. The singer’s manager, Johnny Wright, revealed in a statement that Carter, 23, younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, checked into the unnamed facility to “heal some emotional and spiritual issues he was dealing with.”
People magazine reported that the former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant has been working on an album and a show in Florida, but Wright said the singer “has chosen to enter a facility where he feels he will get the guidance and cleansing he needs. … Which in turn will help him on the music journey he’s about to take.”
Citing an unnamed source, E! Online reported that Carter entered a private rehab facility in Southern California earlier this month to treat unspecified “addiction issues.” The source said Carter had made the decision to “finally get help” and that it was not court-mandated. Another unnamed source added that Carter was “struggling recently and needed this.”
Wright (whose clients have included New Kids on the Block, the Backstreet Boys and Justin Timberlake) also told E! that Carter came to him several months ago looking for a reboot of his musical career. “He has been in Orlando working on a new album and perfecting his live show and his physical body,” Wright said. “Aaron, understanding the challenges and hard work it would take to get himself back to the top, requested to take some time before we started, to heal some emotional and spiritual issues he was dealing with.”
Though Carter appeared in the 2006 reality show “House of Carters” with his siblings, his out-of-control antics landed him on “Celebrity Rehab 2″ later that same year. Carter finished in fifth place on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2009, but his career has been in a holding pattern for a number of years since he released his most recent album, 2002′s poorly received Another Earthquake. Carter was arrested in Texas in 2008 for investigation of marijuana possession.