Aaron Carter Explains Trump Endorsement to ‘GQ’, Talks About Michael Jackson and Filing for Bankruptcy
Back in late February, former child star Aaron Carter—perhaps most famous for the timeless 2000 pop jam “That’s How I Beat Shaq” and for getting in between Disney darlings Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan in 2004—was thrust back into the headlines (sorta) when his Twitter endorsement of GOP candidate Donald Trump went viral.
There was plenty of backlash, of course, with Twitter users and fans left and right going on the attack, bringing up Trump’s homophobic political stances (among other things) in an effort to educate Carter on his chosen candidate. And while that all went down on February 27, this is the Internet, people, and the Internet doesn’t let things go.
On March 12, GQ released an interview with the “I Want Candy” singer in an effort to illuminate the inner workings of his psyche and offer a platform for the 28-year-old to really explain himself.
When asked if he knew his endorsement of Trump would get him “a lot of attention,” Carter mused, “It was more than just a tweet, I guess. I support Donald Trump. I don’t support every little thing. Trump goes his own way. He’s a leader, not a follower, and he’s proven that by humbling the other campaigns. I think in regards to him becoming president, well, the electoral college will be the decider.”
Revealing that he has actually never voted before (“This is the first time I’ve ever really engaged in politics”), the artist explained that he does not agree with many of Trump’s opinions after all. During the interview, he called the notion of banning gay marriage “outlandish” as “[Trump has] supported the gay community before.” Carter also added that with regards to Trump’s stance on immigration, “building a wall is totally outrageous.”
Ultimately, Carter decided that “if Trump can’t change some of his ways of thinking, then I’m just going to sit this one out.”
In addition to talking about Trump, Carter also brought up another famous figure: Michael Jackson. The artist claimed that Jackson was a fan and that the late icon would be “ashamed” of those who have bullied Carter in the past.
“I told people earlier this year that Michael Jackson passed a torch to me. Because he did,” Carter shared. “People in Michael Jackson’s camp, you can interview them and they will tell you that he did… I was passed the torch, in how to treat people and what to do with my career and my life. And Michael Jackson told me he started recognizing me from when I was a little boy, because I broke his record when I was eight years old, being the youngest guy to have four singles in the Billboard charts at the same time… And so he knew about me. He said, I watched your career. But I got bullied by all the so-called Michael Jackson fans. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves, if you’re reading this article. And Michael Jackson would be ashamed of you. Because you do the exact opposite of what he stood for.”
Aside from his statements on Jackson, bullying, and Trump, Carter also discussed his financial status (“Everyone thought I was broke, but I actually haven’t been broke”), filing for bankruptcy (“I filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and it cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars to file that bankruptcy”), and Twitter (“I don’t regret any tweets”) in the story.
Whether or not Carter actually ends up voting for Trump in the upcoming election is yet to be seen. For now, however, the artist is more preoccupied with another sort of promotion: his upcoming single, “Fool’s Gold,” out on April 1.
As he tells his interviewer at GQ, “You gotta go buy it, girl!”
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