Last week it was revealed that Aaron Carter was diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, manic depression and anxiety. Now, the singer has decided to make his health his number one priority, and decided to cancel a number of remaining tour dates he had planned in 2019. He took to Twitter on Monday (September 16) to break the news to fans.
“I appreciate the love and efforts from my supporters but after my next two shows coming up in Kentucky & Missouri & after I fly to Vancouver to do the toy drive which I’m donating 400 toys and over 1k of fan donations I’m canceling the rest of my shows for the remaining year,” he wrote, adding in a separate tweet: “I have to put my health first and I hope you can all understand how much I need this time to heal and recharge my batteries. I love you. Stay strong. Stay healthy, and just know I’ll be back next year ready to go. But as a man, this is what I need to do to have some peace. Xo”
After being bombarded with responses, the 31-year-old clarified that he’s also dealing with a family matter. “Literally none of you know what you’re talking about and this is l LITERALLY a FAMILY issue. This is going to stay a private family matter moving forward. If I asked your family what their deepest and darkest secrets you would never share them so I’m choosing to do the same. XOXO” he wrote.
“No matter what I say I’m not gonna change these people’s opinions. I’m going to conserve my energy and I’m going to focus on the good things that I do and not waste my time on the ones that don’t. MY HEALTH COMES FIRST,” he responded to a follower who told him he shouldn’t cancel his live dates.
Hours later, Carter signed back on to Twitter to address the way the media was covering his original announcement, expressing that his reasoning was more about “taking sobriety one day at a time” than a “mental health crisis.”
“just woke up & what the media is saying ‘DUE TO MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS’ That I’m canceling the rest of the year. I’ll see u this weekend & I’ll see you in December. to CLARIFY, im having no ‘CRISIS’, There’s a difference between a ‘mental crisis’ & taking sobriety one day at a time” he wrote.
His website lists nine live shows between now and January 2020. The seven listed after his Kentucky and Missouri dates are presumably the dates he’s canceled, though it’s unclear if he intends to perform in January of next year.