"No, I'm just, uh," the singer says nervously.
In TooFab's exclusive sneak peek of the WE tv series, the child star and Jane Carter tell Judge Lynn Toler which questions they'd like to pose on the other for the show's dreaded lie-detector test. However, as always, if Judge Toler feels the questions they came up with will not help the pair get to the root of their problems, she may override them with some of her own.
In the Carters' case, she chose to override them.
"According to the doctors, the issues that you've been dealing with in this boot camp aren't those," Judge Toler tells the pair of their Qs. "Here are the questions I'm going to give you."
"Jane," she says, "Did you knowingly mismanage the money that Aaron made in his childhood?" A stunned Aaron looks over at his mom, who appears downtrodden. When Carter was 16, his parents -- who were his co-managers -- separated. During that time, in 2003, he initially sided with his father and filed for emancipation from his mom. He fired her as his manager and alleged she stole more than $100,000 from his bank account.
In 2004, however, they appeared to reconcile, and he dropped his request.
"No, I'm just, uh," he says nervously, as Jane says in a later confessional, "There's no way that I can answer that question yes or no because it's a grey area."
Fellow boot camper and "Real Housewives of Orange County" alum Alexis Bellino says during her own confessional that she would want that topic addressed if she were Jane. "I would be like, 'Bring it on. I wanna answer this question because I want my son or daughter to know I didn't mismanage your money,'" she tells the camera.
Back in the living room of the group's mansion, Judge Toler looks over at Aaron and lets him know his question will be the following: "Do you blame your mother for your substance abuse?" He turns his head to face Jane and gasps, "Oh, shit."
Aaron has struggled with addiction issues since his sister, Leslie, died of a drug overdose in 2012 at the age of 25. In 2017, Aaron's father also died. Two months later, he was arrested for DUI. He entered rehab soon after, left abruptly and returned a week later.
It wasn't until September of this year that the singer revealed the reason he went to rehab: he was addicted to huffing aerosols, like duster cans. "It's something that I've kept secret from the whole world until now," he said, explaining he has to take gabapentin and fish oil "to repair the serotonin receptors in my brain."
"Started when I was about 16," he went on, noting that he "didn't really touch it until I was about 23, right after I did 'Dancing with the Stars.' And I started going to Staples and Office Depot and different places, buying it with cash so it wouldn't be reported on receipts or anything like that, so no one could trace me."
"I was huffing because I was really f--king stupid and sad, but this is really no excuse," he admitted. "I was huffing because I'm a drug addict."
"Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition" airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on WEtv.
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