Carter, 30, who’s promoting his 2018 album, Love, made the comments Tuesday on Twitter, where he regularly interacts with both fans and haters. A suggestion that Carter should have had Bieber’s level of success prompted Carter to refer to Biebs directly and as part of a group of “kids” who never gave him credit for having “paved the way.”
Listen man. I can’t sit here & just not say anything to that, I’ve been in this industry before he was born. I’ve had harder times and always bounce back. No I’m not Justin Bieber I’m Aaron Carter. I’m also in construction 🚧 I paved the way. These kids have NEVER paid me homage. https://t.co/Qe86BI22Pq
— MY ALBUM IS OUT NOW!! (@aaroncarter) November 20, 2018
Bieber, 24, responded by offering to be Carter’s “hype man,” and not so subtly pointing out that Carter’s biggest hit was released in 2000. For the record, Bieber was 6 then and Carter himself was only 13.
Aaron carter i had your album when I was little. And bumped the song Aaron’s party. I was like 7. if you need a hype man I got you.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 21, 2018
Carter accepted Bieber’s compliment and, within a few hours of his original tweet, Bieber clarified his stance.
I appreciate your support means a lot. Nothing but love bro. https://t.co/x1Twhzgyak
— MY ALBUM IS OUT NOW!! (@aaroncarter) November 22, 2018
All love over here Aaron. You got my support
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 22, 2018
Love is Carter’s fifth album. Since the younger brother of Nick Carter, of the Backstreet Boys, began singing as a kid, he’s struggled publicly with an eating disorder, bankruptcy and other issues. He has referred to Bieber in the past and said he thinks Biebs is a better singer.
Meanwhile, Bieber, who’s sold millions of albums worldwide since releasing his first record in 2010, is taking a break from music.
[Editor’s note: This post was originally published Nov. 21, 2018 at 9:07 p.m. ET.]
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