The depression that came along with the split drove Carter to excessive partying, and without an influx of work, he had to move into his brother Nick's home. It was during this time that Dancing With the Stars came along, giving him hope for a comeback to pop music, but the industry apparently had other thoughts.
"They didn't want to touch me. They didn't want to do anything," he explained. "Nothing ever came into fruition."
In 2011, Carter checked into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to get sober, and he says he's been on the straight and narrow ever since.
Earlier this year, he spoke exclusively to ET about rehab and his new song, "Fool's Gold," the first single from his upcoming album, LØVË.