Aaron Carter’s untimely death on Saturday, November 5 was heartbreaking for many fans, particularly his ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff. Duff rushed to Instagram on Saturday morning after learning of Carter’s passing to pay respect to her old beau, reflecting on their early-aughts youthful love story. Hilary Duff’s tweet about Aaron Carter’s death acknowledged their relationship, especially that memorable episode of Lizzie McGuire. She also said it had been terrible to see him suffer in recent years.
Carter’s death was originally reported on the afternoon of November 5, with TMZ saying that the singer-songwriter was discovered dead in his Lancaster, CA, home at the age of 34. People, CNN, The New York Times, and other media sources later validated the stories. Carter rose to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s with indelible pop singles such as “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” and “I Want Candy.” Carter was synonymous with the early 2000s for many people who grew up during the period, particularly because of his connection with Hilary Duff. Carter dated Duff from 2000 to 2003, when he made a memorable appearance as himself on Duff’s Disney Channel comedy show Lizzie McGuire.
Duff paid respect to Carter on Instagram after learning of his passing. “I’m really sorry that life was so difficult for you and that you had to battle in front of the entire world,” Duff wrote. “You had an incredibly effervescent appeal. Boy, did my teenage self like you.” At this time, my heart goes out to you and your family. “Take it easy.”
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Carter and Duff’s romance captivated the public in the early 2000s, especially after they parted and Carter briefly dated Lindsay Lohan before reuniting with Duff. Carter and Duff’s friendship was arguably best represented in the 2001 Lizzie McGuire episode “Aaron Carter’s Coming to Town,” in which Carter guest starred as himself. Carter kissed his superfan Lizzie at the end of the Christmas special.
Duff and Carter were together for two decades, but evidently, Duff still has a soft spot in her heart for her ex and mourns his death like the rest of us.