Nick Carter has broken his silence on his brother Aaron Carter’s death.

On Sunday (Nov. 6) the Backstreet Boy shared a series of photos of him and his late brother, along with a heartfelt message, in an Instagram post.

“My heart has been broken today. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded,” Nick began.

“I have always held onto the hope, that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed. Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss," he added.

Nick addressed his late brother’s reported struggle with addiction and mental illness, citing it as “the real villain here.”

“I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you Chizz. Now you get a chance to finally have some peace you could never find here on earth," he continued.

Nick added that his final request is that God take care of his “baby brother.”

See his full tribute, below:

During their younger years, Aaron opened up for the Backstreet Boys on tour. In recent years, however, the Carter brothers have been on and off publicly estranged.

In September 2019, Nick and his and Aaron's sister, Angel Carter, filed a restraining order against Aaron, which was granted two months later. Nick claimed that Aaron was “harboring intentions” of murdering his then-pregnant wife, Vanessa, and their unborn child. Aaron denied their claims in a Twitter rant.

Aaron Carter was found dead Saturday (Nov. 5) in his bathtub at home in California. He was 34.

The former teen pop star is survived by his 11-month-old son, Prince.

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