Aaron Carter’s book publisher postponed the late child star’s controversial memoir “out of respect” for his family.
Before his untimely death, Carter was in the process of releasing a memoir with the help of Ballast Books and author Andy Symonds.
“Out of respect for the Carter family, my client has decided to defer the further release of the book at this time,” attorney Scott Atherton says. “Mr. Carter was not just a celebrity but also a father, a brother, a son, and a friend to many still grieving for him.”
The postponement comes just days after a rep claimed Carter was attempting to stop the production of the book prior to his death.
“Aaron, in the midst of [working on the book], said, ‘I want nothing to do with this’ and stopped, so the fact that the publisher is saying it’s green-lit, it’s not,” his publicist said. “That’s against Aaron’s wishes.”
Nevertheless, Symonds is adamant that Carter “hired” him to “help tell the world his story.”
“That story, while tragically cut short, was filled with good and bad,” Symonds says. “His life was far from pretty, and understandably certain people in the public eye don’t want some of the stories Aaron tells in his book to come to light. That doesn’t make them any less true or newsworthy.”
He continued, “In addition to being cathartic for him, Aaron hoped this book would help others struggling with addiction and mental illness. I hope and believe it will do that.”