Aaron Carter says he was "shocked" by the support he received from fans when he revealed that he was attracted to both men and women, but claims his ex-girlfriend did not have the same reaction.
The 29-year-old singer called it quits with Madison Parker over the weekend around the same time that he opened up about his sexuality. "I had discussed [my sexuality] with my ex-girlfriend, and she didn't really understand it. She didn't want [to]," he told The Bert Show during a phone interview on Wednesday. "And that was it. So we left it mutual and parted ways."
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Carter noted that he is currently "a single man" but hopes that won't be for too long. "To be honest, I'm alone right now, and I would like to have a relationship," he admitted as his voice cracked. "Sorry, got a little teary-eyed. I just went through a breakup."
He further declared, "Whether I should be with a woman or a man is my decision, no one else's."
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Carter also shared why he decided to now come out to the public about his sexuality. "To be honest, I've been thinking about it for years. I just felt like it was something that I needed to do," he said. "It was something that I just felt like was important and I needed to say. It was a part of a new chapter of turning 30, on Dec. 7 this year."
"The process is at your own pace and is when you feel comfortable," he continued. "There might be a lot of people who don't agree with it, but you might be surprised by the people who do."
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ET broke the news of Carter and Parker's breakup on Saturday. "Aaron and Madison love each other and respect one another dearly," his rep said in a statement. "It was a mutual decision and Aaron's personal statement released speaks for itself. Now back to the music."
Interestingly enough, Carter told ET last month that he was planning propose to Parker -- whom he met on Instagram. "I wanna be married. I wanna be engaged to my beautiful girlfriend, Madison," he gushed. "I wanna be a good father, a good role model, a strong role model."
Check out ET's joint interview with Carter and Parker just weeks before their split: