Carter's publicist, Steve Honig released this statement Friday:
"Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness. He is going to do this privately and focus all his attention on being the best person and performer possible. He is grateful for the support and love from his fans and looks forward to coming back stronger than ever before."
News broke Thursday that someone close to Carter feared that the singer was under the influence and called the cops to check on him. According to TMZ, the authorities "found no suspicious activity" when they evaluated Carter at his St. Petersburg, Florida apartment.
Last week, Carter appeared on a troubling 2-part special of "The Doctors" in which he came clean about his emaciated appearance, drug use, social media backlash and fears of getting sick with cancer or HIV. The Carter episode of "The Doctors" ended in the singer ultimately turning down the opportunity from the show to seek inpatient treatment at a facility.
"The warning signs are apparent," Stork told TooFab. "Aaron is very emotional. He's up and down, he's happy and sad. I think for him getting to the root cause of that, which some of it is his dependence on medicines like Xanax, KPins and such for severe anxiety, and he's also been prescribed Oxycodone which is an opiate, which is a highly addictive medicine and for Aaron whenever he's feeling over stressed, I think his coping mechanism is dependent on the medicines he's on and that happens to a lot of people so I don't fault him for it. But it is a dead end road and when you look at Aaron it doesn't take being a doctor to realize his physical health, not just emotional health is in jeopardy right now."
Stork was hopeful that Carter would eventually seek treatment, sharing this advice with the singer: "This is your life and no one else's so you have to start focusing on you and not what other people think of you. Fans are still going to be there for him whether he takes a month or two for himself or not so taking time for himself is best for him long term. The key is making him realize now is the time to get help."