Social media had mixed reactions to news that Aaron Carter said he's "attracted to both men and women."
The singer posted a lengthy tweet Saturday night, revealing that not being open about his sexuality has been weighing on him for quite some time. He did not specifically use the term "bisexual," but shared he's had intimate relations with both genders.
"There’s something I’d like to say that I feel is important for myself and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for nearly half of my life," he said. "This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me."
"I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive. There were years that went by that I thought about, but it wasn’t until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with," he wrote.
"To me music has always been my temple. Music will ALWAYS be what transcends us and myself. The studio has always been my safe haven," he continued. "But the ultimate goal for me is to be satisfied. I never want to be a figure of disappointment. The best quote to sum 'I've never felt as though I didn't belong, I just acted as though I did.'" — Boy George"
Fans and haters immediately took to Twitter in reaction to Carter's post, some saying that his revelation would mean that he is openly bisexual, while others claim social media has twisted his confession to mean that he is simply just "gay."
Here's a sampling of some of the online chatter:
If Aaron Carter comes out as bisexual, and you immediately tweet that he is gay, then he ain't the one who's confused.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 6, 2017
Aaron carter is gay and now the song I Want Candy will never be the same— Nicole Helene (@Colieycole) August 6, 2017
aaron carter came out and carrie coon won a TCA award. it's a good night for the gays!— Aaron Michael (@subsahaaron) August 6, 2017
Yall aint shit. Aaron Carter did not come out as gay. He most def said he likes both women and men. Yall love to ignore bisexuality.— the Tea in LGBT (@KingChrystina) August 6, 2017
aaron carter: [talks about finding boys and girls attractive]— brittany (@mishcolins) August 6, 2017
people: aaron is gay!!!!
this is what bisexual erasure looks like.
Well. We'd like to extended our warmest welcome to Aaron Carter into the LGBT family, & we wish him all the best in his fight to get clean. pic.twitter.com/3dd2OUOXm0— Atomic Black (@Mercgaery) August 6, 2017
Oh wow Aaron Carter just came out of the closet. I honestly didn't remotely suspect him of being gay, but I'm so proud of him coming out 👏🏽🌈— ㅤ (@britneyvibes) August 6, 2017
But the gag is Lindsay Lohan and Hillary Duff were really fighting over Aaron Carter when he really wanted a man the whole time pic.twitter.com/7hZBSUgFfs— The JD Brand (@JayD_Experience) August 6, 2017
re all of these "aaron carter comes out as gay" tweets:— Michael (@MichaelAlvarez_) August 6, 2017
he clearly said he's bi. stop acting like bisexuality doesn't exist. https://t.co/vqAdrYXMMd
So. Is Aaron Carter gay or is he just saying that he's experimented a bit in his lifetime?— bae. (@_GAWDLY) August 6, 2017
we WILL support aaron carter coming out as bi. coming out as bi when you're a man is so hard bc everyone assumes you're just gay— hannah (@benjennys) August 6, 2017
Me before Aaron Carter came out: lmaoooo who?— Latrell Anderson (@rantsandraves13) August 6, 2017
Me afterwards: *plays Aaron's Party (Come Get It) on repeat for days* pic.twitter.com/GhZLTuNPh3
I saw article about @aaroncarter's bisexual announcement right after I was shamed 4 being bi. Visibility fucking matters. I felt vindicated.— Trey Lyon (@fluidlyspeaking) August 6, 2017
Aaron carter is bisexual and I have a chance with him now hehehe 😈😈😈😈 I like all kinds of boys what can I say 🤷🏼♂️— Jack Merridew (@OfficialJackM) August 6, 2017
So Aaron carter came out as bisexual? Do you boo ☮️&💟 just hope it's not for publicity— 🌻Amanda.🖤 (@xobbg23) August 6, 2017
so you're bisexual? It's cool, man. It's 2017. It's always great for someone to be honest. You've always been a good dude.— An Entertainment Fan (@iMusic120) August 6, 2017