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 instructed,” 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 vital story is about Mr. Carter’s life as a complete and what individuals can be taught 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 ebook presently. Mr. Carter was not only a celeb, 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 performed with Carter over a three-year interval. That the ebook was being fast-tracked, regardless of being incomplete, so quickly after the “I Need Sweet” singer’s demise rubbed some, together with Duff, the flawed method.
“It is actually unhappy that inside every week of Aaron’s demise there is a writer that appears to be recklessly pushing a ebook out to capitalize on this tragedy with out taking acceptable time or care to reality test 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. Under no circumstances do I condone shedding any mild on what’s so clearly an uninformed, heartless cash seize.”
Carter’s administration additionally spoke out towards the ebook’s launch.
“Within the few brief days following our expensive pal’s passing, we’ve got been attempting to grieve and course of whereas concurrently having to take care of obscenely disrespectful and unauthorized releases,” his staff instructed E! Information. “This can be a time for mourning and reflection not heartless cash grabs and a focus in search of.”
Carter’s publicist additionally instructed Web page Six that the ebook’s publication was “towards Aaron’s needs.”
“Aaron, within the midst of [working on the book], stated, ‘I need nothing to do with this’ and stopped, so the truth that the writer is saying it’s green-lit, it’s not,” his publicist instructed the outlet, which has additionally reported that the unfinished memoir incorporates 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 sporting solely underwear.
In an announcement to Yahoo Leisure final week, Symonds defended the venture 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 lower brief, was full of good and unhealthy. His life was removed from fairly, and understandably sure individuals within the public eye don’t need a few of the tales Aaron tells in his ebook to return 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 ebook would assist others battling dependancy and psychological sickness. I hope and consider it should try this.”
Atherton confirmed to Yahoo Leisure that Symonds now “now not intends to publish the ebook subsequent week,” including that the creator is “working in the direction of” reversing any motion taken with distribution channels.