When news of Aaron Carter‘s death was confirmed over the weekend, many people, including celebs, family members, and fans, quickly took to their various social media platforms to pay their tribute.
While many of the honors were acceptable, observers could not help but speak up when the former child star’s ex-fiancée, Melanie Martin, dropped a two-second emotional clip on TikTok.
Melanie Martin Comes Under Fire For Crying While Driving
In the footage, Martin is seen in a green outfit as she cries hysterically behind the wheel of a car. Even though the video had no caption and got 7k+ likes, several critics took to the comments to express their disappointment at it.
While one person felt it was a “strange thing to do,” another critic wrote, “I’m sorry but I don’t see any tears. obviously Aaron was no saint but you put him through the ringer with the back and forth stuff.”
A third observer added, “Not a single tear coming from your eye. You didn’t care about his health. You cared about materialistic things, and you know it.” A fourth claimed, “Aaron deserved more,” and a fifth asked why Martin would post such.
A sixth person observed that the model “got up and got her makeup done,” and a seventh wanted to know where the tears were and why the video was just two seconds long. Yet another critic advised the grieving mother-of-one to “keep it private” — a sentiment many others shared. Fortunately for Martin, a few people came to her defense with one writing:
“He’s at peace now. He gave you the best gift to remember him by. Live for Aaron and prince. I know you’re hurting please drive safe.”
Another supporter added, “You tried so many times to save him. I’m so sorry that Prince has lost his daddy and a third angrily yelled, “To all of you speaking negatively HOW DARE YOU!!! Did y’all ever stop to think Aaron getting on TikTok live every single day was HIS cry for help?”
Carter was found dead in his California home after officers responded to a 911 call from a house sitter who claimed to have discovered an unresponsive male in the bathtub.
Soon after the deputies’ arrival, fire department personnel arrived and declared the male dead at the scene on November 5. As at the time The Blast reported the unfortunate incident, there was no evidence of foul play in the situation. There was also no information that authorities suspected foul play.
Known for hits like “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” Carter grew up in the entertainment industry, releasing his first album when he was only nine. Since then, the 2000s heartthrob enjoyed a successful career as a singer and actor, guest-starring on Hollywood projects like “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With” and “7th Heaven.”
However, his life was not smooth sailing as he suffered mental health challenges and highly-publicized substance abuse. The younger brother of the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter checked into rehab in September after he lost custody of Prince, his 11-month-son with Martin. He was aged 34.
Tributes And Condolences Troop In For The Late “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” Star
Shortly after the sad news of Carter’s death broke, condolences and tributes from celebrity friends and colleagues began pouring in. The Blast disclosed that the singer’s fellow Disney star and “Even Stevens” actress, Christy Carlson Romano took to Twitter to express her sadness. Along with a candle emoji, she wrote:
“Incredibly sad about the passing of Aaron Carter. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”
“Not Prepared for You” hitmaker Diane Warren penned, “Fame at a young age is often more a curse than a blessing, and Surviving it is not easy. RIP Aaron Carter.” Loni Love uploaded a picture of the teen pop star appearing on “The Real” with the caption:
“Met Aaron Carter in 2018, funny, talented and cool. I felt that he was trying….he really was just trying to be happy. I’m sorry to hear of his passing.. Condolences to his family and fans [heartbreak emoji].”
R&B singer Sammie, who rose to fame around the same time that Carter did, commented “Damn” under the post TheShadeRoom used in breaking the sad news.