AARON Carter’s close friend and manager has revealed the former child star’s poignant last words before his death – and how he tried to save him from the vicious cycle of drug addiction.
Grief-stricken Taylor Helgeson, who was also one of the pop star’s collaborators, says he was “scared” as he saw the artist go off the rails again after years of battling with substance abuse issues.
Taylor HelgesonAaron Carter’s close friend and manager Taylor Helgeson opened up about his death[/caption]
GettyThe singer and Taylor “Lakeside Louie” Helgeson at Flamingo Las Vegas in 2017[/caption]
The I Want Candy Singer, who previously claimed he suffered over 100 seizures from his aerosol sniffing, was tragically found dead in his bathtub at his home in Lancaster, California on November 5.
In his first exclusive interview with The U.S. Sun, Taylor said: “He was so excited, he was extremely optimistic. It was a few years since we released Love, and he felt ready to do another one.
“I got these incredible producers from Denmark to fly out to produce his album and it was the first time in a while that I’ve seen him so excited. He had more [to give], and he didn’t quit.
“The last night, he texted me and he said, ‘Bro, these songs are amazing.’ And I said, ‘I know, I can’t wait until you record them.’ And he said, ‘I promise you, this is our best work yet.’
“He was really optimistic and he felt like he was dealing with a lot of problems, but he felt like he could handle it.
“This album was going to be him owning everything. He was going to take accountability, and he felt that was going to be the best way to do it.”
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Aaron‘s final text conversation with Taylor, which was filled with hope about the future, was around 6.32 pm on Friday, November 4.
The star sent a message saying ‘Checking in!’ to which his pal asked ‘Hey, how are you doing?’
Helgeson said: “[He replied] ‘I’m just headed back to the house. I was in L.A. All good though. Things are looking up.’ And I said, ‘I know it.’
“He said, ‘Holy s***! The new album, what the f***? This is definitely a Grammy!’ And I said, ‘Yeah, and you deserve it.’ And he said, ‘Huge! Our best work yet.’ And that was it. It was 6.32 pm.
“We don’t know what happened. We know that he called me.
“I was on a plane, so he called my friend, his friend as well, and he asked to come to the house to record some music, to start tracking these vocals, and from what I heard that was around 9:30 pm.
“But he never made it to the house.”
Despite seeming happy to record, Taylor admitted he was concerned in the weeks leading up to his death as he had missed live concerts and meetings.
“Aaron was a big Queen fan, and he lived by that saying, ‘The Show Must Go On.’ And he wouldn’t miss a show for anything if he could help it,” he told The U.S. Sun.
Katy Forrester for The US SunSheriffs seen outside Aaron’s Lancaster home after his housesitter tragically found him dead in the tub[/caption]
The pair were close for years and wrote together before Taylor, 31, began working for the singerTaylor Helgeson
“In the last few weeks, he missed some things, and that was so uncharacteristic of him, and I was upset.”
Tragically Taylor admits the pair were somewhat “at odds” in his final days, with Aaron refusing to admit he’d been seen by fans “huffing” on camera during a social media live feed.
When his distraught manager confronted him over the phone, the star dismissed he was using again, saying it was “not real.”
His close pal decided to give the singer the silent treatment as a “wake-up call” to demonstrate his upset and anger, which had worked in the past.
Taylor admitted: “It is so hard for me to explain it. He was so complicated and hard-headed, and I was too.
“If I didn’t answer the phone for two days I would get thirty calls and he’d ask ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong? What can I do?’ Not many friends do that.
“We would talk several times a day, and I felt like that if I didn’t respond to him [then] he would understand how serious I was about him dealing with this stuff. It just felt like, if I kept responding and I kept carrying on, that you keep getting a pass on yourself.
“So the last couple of days, after that conversation, in particular, it was the first time we’d talked in like four days because I was so upset.
“That’s the last time we went back and forth, but he texted me a few times after that, and I left it because I was upset, and I was scared for him, and I just wanted him to feel that it was real, you know?
“As much as it sucks to admit, we were … I wouldn’t say we were fighting, but I would say that I was at odds with him the last couple of days and weeks.”
Taylor sadly revealed Aaron looked at his attempts to get him to focus on being clean as a “game” and although he was open about smoking weed, he would take other drugs in secret.
“That’s what was kind of baffling, the lie that was in question [the huffing video] you know, that everybody kind of went crazy about, when they thought he was doing stuff – that was just as crazy for me.
“I called him, and he told me the same thing he told everybody else – it wasn’t real. And I’d say, ‘Dude, come on man, enough, be real.’
“I had very strong concerns about what he may or may not have been doing, but I could never prove it. I could never come to him with a solid enough, ‘What are you doing?’”
His manager recalled: “I told him that I was scared for him and he texted me and told me, ‘Don’t be scared, I’m always going to be here. Don’t worry about me.’”
Taylor replied: “I can’t help it,” but Aaron insisted he was okay.
The star would allegedly act lucid, professional, and “cognitive” after his episodes, which meant staging an intervention was tough.
Taylor, along with Aaron’s PR team, set up rehab with addiction consultant Brenden Borrowman, who co-founded the Utah drug treatment center ReBoot – but the star allegedly kept stalling.
I told him that I was scared for him and he texted me and told me, ‘Don’t be scared, I’m always going to be here.’
“I know enough to know that you can’t stop an addict,” his manager admitted.
“You can help try to show them what is happening and you can try to shepherd them, but you can’t force anybody to do anything.
“That doesn’t mean that I don’t backtrack in my head and sometimes.
“I mean, I don’t know what people expected of us. To tie him down? I’d be lying if I didn’t say that, at maybe at this point, I wish we would of – but that’s not real life.
“Aaron was a grown man and he took control of his life in the way he chose, and no matter what we wanted, we couldn’t force anything.
“Aaron had this aversion to being infantilized,” Helgeson explained. “It was one of his biggest pet peeves if you will. I think that stemmed from a childhood of living a life that was kind of laid out for him.”
His powerful interview provides the first full insight into the mentality of the troubled singer-songwriter in his final days.
Taylor, 31, refuses to speculate on the cause of his friend’s death until an autopsy and coroner’s report are declared, but insists Aaron was not suicidal.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that air cans were found at the house, along with prescription pills.
Aside from his open battles with mental illness, anxiety, and addictions, the singer was tormented by losing custody of his 11-month-old son Prince earlier this year.
“The losing custody part … that was really big. He was hurt but he wasn’t hopeless,” his pal said.
“All he ever wanted was a kid. He wanted a kid and he wanted a wife. He wanted a normal life, that was his dream. That was what he would always talk about, but that was never a reality.”
He told aides that his life centered around rebuilding his family and getting his son back before focusing on rehab.
‘WHITE-KNUCKLING HIS ADDICTION’
“He felt like this was the priority, and he would get to that when it was time,” Taylor sadly revealed.
“He would tell me that as soon as this was done, as soon as we figure out what’s going to happen with Prince, then I will take care of that. You could basically say he was white-knuckling it.”
On top of his custody issues, Aaron was hoping to heal his relationship with ex-fiance Melanie Martin, following months of worrying accusations and fiery arguments.
Taylor also spoke of his deep love and affection for supportive Aaron, who’d gambled on his songwriting skills years ago when they first became friends.
After a pal connected them, they spent two hours in a car before the star hired him to write music for his Love album.
Helgeson, who had left Minnesota for LA in 2011 to pursue a career in music, admits Carter was a “mentor” to him in the industry and they became friends during a time he felt defeated.
Three years ago, his pal built a management company and the star eventually hired him eight months ago.
Taylor, who Aaron nicknamed ‘Louie’, had a wacky “child-like” sense of humor, even laughing off his pal wrecking a new $100k car after he’d lent it to him.
Aaron not only stood up for his pal by fighting for writing credits on his music with Sony Records, but he also took him out on tours as a solo support act.
He described the troubled star as having a while sense of humor and a “fearless outlook on life.”
Taylor recalled: “He was one of the funniest people I have met. He had no limit. He loved to provide other people with fun.
“He was quirky and his perception was different because he’d seen so much. He had a child-like appreciation of life.
“He loved to see people happy. He had a carefreeness that was unrivaled. He was. 34-year-old doing backflips off a drum set on stage – who does that any more?”
He also said Aaron loved candy, which his most famous song is centered around, saying he would eat a “sh** ton of it” and that was the reason he had a lot of dental issues.
“If you went into his house and opened his pantry it would look like how a 10-year-old kid’s house would look if he had a million dollars.
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“He would go and shopping sprees and he would not come back with anything but candy and milk – thousands of dollars.
“That was part of his charm. His inner child was very much alive.”
Taylor HelgesonAaron and his manager with NSYNC’s Lance Bass together in a social media photo[/caption]
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