Karen Belz
Updated Dec 14, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

Celebrities who’ve grown up in the spotlight often have tougher childhoods than the rest of us. In an interview with Us Weekly, Aaron Carter said he thought he’d never make it to 30.

Carter started out in the entertainment industry when he was only seven. “Even when I was 13, 14, I thought, ‘Oh, my God. I’m going to die,'” he said to the magazine.

The pop singer has had a tumultuous year. After an arrest for a DUI and marijuana possession this July, he went through a public breakup and a severe car accident. But while things were spiraling out of control, there was light at the end of the tunnel. After police investigated a few calls that inquired about Carter’s mental well-being, the singer decided to check into rehab in an attempt to get to a healthier place.

Carter has been open about his struggle with depression, which led to a dependency on drugs and alcohol. Thanks to his 90 days in rehab, Carter realized there are better ways to handle his mental health. And writing music is a big relief for him. In fact, he even compared himself to Taylor Swift, who’s well known for writing how she feels.

Carter’s split with Madison Parker in August was a big motivator to write it all out. The singer said that one of his treatment methods included writing letters to Parker, to help free some of his emotions and feelings regarding the split. He said that the split gave him nightmares that were so bad, he needed medication to eliminate them.

We’re happy that he made the choice to move forward and get better, and that he proved himself wrong in terms of life-expectancy. We’re so glad he’s here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse due to issues surrounding mental health and are looking for help, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.