- Backstreet Boys went ahead with their show in London on Sunday after Aaron Carter’s tragic death.
- Nick Carter was visibly emotional while his bandmates paused the show to pay tribute to his brother.
- The band also dedicated the performance of their latest single “No Place” to the late singer.
Nick Carter was visibly overcome with emotions as his Backstreet Boys bandmates paused their concert to pay tribute to his younger brother Aaron Carter on Sunday evening — just one day after Aaron’s tragic death was announced.
Despite their loss, the band — made up of Nick, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, and Brian Littrell — took to the stage at The O2 arena in London for their DNA World Tour.
While they performed the track “No Place,” a montage of photos from the late singer’s life appeared on the screen above the stage. After the song was over, Richardson then gathered his bandmates and addressed the crowd.
“That was the latest and last single of the ‘DNA’ album, and that song is very special to us because that song is about family,” he said. “Everybody in here, we all grew up together. We’ve been through highs and lows, ups and downs.”
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Richardson thanked the audience for being a part of the Backstreet family for 29 years before adding: “Tonight we got a little bit of heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday.”
“We just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognize that Nick’s little brother, Aaron Carter, passed away yesterday at 34 years old. He was a part of our family and we thank you guys for all the love and all the well wishes and all the support,” he continued.
In footage taken by members of the audience, Nick was seen fighting back the tears during the speech. As he wiped his eyes with his hand, McLean, Littrell, and Dorough walked over and embraced him in a hug.
Earlier in the day, Nick, 42, took to Instagram to share a post dedicated to his brother’s memory, writing that his “love for him has never ever faded” despite their difficulties and differences.
Alongside a series of photos of the two of them throughout the years, Nick wrote: “My heart has been broken today. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded.”
“I have always held onto the hope, that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed,” his post continued.
“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss. But the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know,” his post concluded. “I love you Chizz, now you get a chance to finally have some peace you could never find here on earth….God, Please take care of my baby brother.”
The Backstreet Boys member shared on social media in 2019 that he obtained a restraining order against Aaron, citing his sibling’s “increasingly alarming behavior.”
The same year, Aaron said in an interview that he had been diagnosed with multiple-personality disorder, schizophrenia, and acute anxiety.
TMZ first reported Aaron’s death on Saturday, citing multiple unnamed sources in law enforcement. The outlet reported that his body was found in his bathtub, with sources telling the publication that authorities received a 911 call around 11 a.m.
A representative for Aaron’s management company also confirmed to Insider that the singer had died.