On Saturday, Aaron Carter posted a deeply personal message on Twitter that finally lifted a “weight and burden” he’s been holding onto for a long time. When he was 13 years old, Aaron Carter realized he was attracted to both boys and girls. He thought about it for many years. It wasn’t until he turned 17 that Aaron had an experience with a guy he was attracted to. Though he never mentions the word “bisexual,” it’s clear this realization and experience has changed his feelings about his identity. He goes on to say that the discovery does not bring him shame, but it has been “weighing on [his] chest for nearly half [his] life.” false

Aaron Carter ended his Twitter post by quoting singer and songwriter Boy George.

Of course, the Internet shared its support for his act of courage.

Aaron has spoken openly about the dark side of stardom of the years, having come into the limelight at such a young age. In an interview with Oprah, Aaron talked about how he fell into heavy partying and drinking. It was his way of dealing with his parents’ divorce and the eventual depression brought on through a series of personal tragedies.

We can only imagine how difficult it must have been to grow up in front of the cameras. Going through puberty on a national stage? Umm, no thank you.

We applaud your act of bravery, Aaron. Thank you for sharing.