HILARY Duff and Lindsay Lohan both rose to fame thanks to their success on the Disney Channel.
Their careers have since gone in different directions but many fans still remember their early 2000s beef, which is connected to the late singer Aaron Carter.
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Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan beef explained
In December 2000, Carter guest-starred on Lizzie McGuire and then began dating Duff shortly after.
Almost two years later, he broke up with her and began dating Lohan.
“I was dating [Hilary] for like a year and a half, and then I just got a little bored so I went and I started getting to know Lindsay,” he later told CNBC in 2005, via PopSugar.
While Carter might have been “bored” at the time, he eventually got back together with Duff in April 2003 but they called it quits again after he allegedly cheated on her with someone else, PopSugar notes.
Duff and Carter’s relationship might have been over, but it was only the beginning of her feud with Lohan.
Afterward, the Disney stars began showing up to each other’s movie premieres, in what has now been referred to as a “silent red carpet war.”
Lohan then took it a step further by allegedly calling Duff’s A Cinderella Story co-star Chad Michael Murray to spread lies about her, according to BuzzFeed.
She then continued her crusade during her May 2004 Saturday Night Live monologue by bringing out Rachel Dratch, who was dressed as an over-the-top version of Duff.
Despite Lohan’s attacks, Duff took the high road, telling Access Hollywood: “I’m not here to talk bad about her like she talks bad about me all the time.”
She then tried to end the feud in 2005 by calling Lohan but her sister Haylie reportedly answered the phone and hung up before she got the chance, according to PopSugar.
The feud was the talk of Hollywood in 2004, but by 2007, the actresses had put it all behind them.
“We are both adults and whatever happened, happened when we were young,” Duff told PEOPLE at the time. “It’s over.”
Duff went on to call Lohan “a nice girl,” revealing that she’s “really fun.”
“She’s really fun,” Duff said of Lohan. “We were hanging out the other night and she’s a nice girl.”
As of this writing, the pair seem to be on good terms.
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What happened to Aaron Carter?
Aaron Carter was a musician who rose to fame in the late 1990s as a teen icon.
He was also notably known as the brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter.
Tragically, he was found dead at his California home on November 5, 2022, from a suspected drug overdose, according to PageSix.
“My fiancé Aaron Carter has passed away. I love Aaron with all my heart and it’s going to be a journey to raise a son without a father,” his fiancée, Melanie Martin, told TMZ at the time.
“Please respect the privacy of my family as we come to terms with the loss of someone we love greatly. We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”
Over the years, Carter had been open about his struggle with addiction, and even wrote about it in his 2013 memoir, Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It.
“I began drinking heavily in my teens and then moved on to drugs at 18 or 19, starting with marijuana and moving up to cocaine, ecstasy and prescription painkillers among other substances,” he wrote, via US Weekly.
“My life plummeted to an all-time low. … My crowd made partying an extreme sport. We repeated that binge and bump cycle night after night.”
After his death was announced, several stars quickly took to social media to offer condolences to his family and friends, including Duff.
“For Aaron — I’m deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in front of the whole world,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
“You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent… boy did my teenage self love you deeply. Sending love to your family at this time.”
Carter was survived by his parents- Robert and Jane– his siblings- Nick, Leslie, Angel, and Bobbie Jean– his fiancée, and his son Prince Lyric.