Aaron Carter is opening up about his sexuality.
In an emotional statement he shared with fans on Twitter on Saturday, the 29-year-old singer wrote candidly about something that "has been weighing on [his] chest" for a long time.
"To start off, I would like to say that I love each and EVERY ONE of my fans," Carter began his letter, which was a screen grab of the Apple Notes app. "There's something I'd like to say that I feel is important for myself and my identity that has been weighing on my chest for nearly half of my life. This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me."
"I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive," Carter, who was once linked to both Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff, confessed. "There were years that went by that I thought about, but it wasn't until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with."
The "Sooner or Later" singer, who is estranged
from his older brother and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, added that while music is a huge part of his life, his "ultimate goal is to be satisfied." He closed with an inspirational quote from the openly gay singer Boy George.
"To me music has always been my temple," Carter wrote. "Music will ALWAYS be what transcends us and myself. The studio has always been my safe haven. But the ultimate goal for me is to be satisfied. I never want to be a figure of disappointment. The best quote to sum 'I've never felt as though I didn't belong, I just acted as though I did.' —Boy George."
Carter, who spoke with ET last month about his struggle with health issues and suffering from an eating disorder
, woke up Sunday morning "overwhelmed by love and support" from fans.
"Waking up so overwhelmed by your love and support," he tweeted. "Looking forward to seeing you all this Thursday in my hometown."
The crooner also recently revealed to ET that he hopes to someday propose to his current girlfriend, Madison Parker.
"I wanna be married," he said of his plans for the future. "I wanna be engaged to my beautiful girlfriend, Madison. I wanna be a good father, a good role model, a strong role model."
Watch the video below for more on the couple, who first met on Instagram.