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My Night with Aaron Carter and the Aaronators

Photographer Amy L​ombard hung out backstage with the teen heartthrob at a recent New York show.

by Amy Lombard
Dec 6 2014, 1:22pm

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Aaron Carter still knows how to throw an "Aaron Party." More than a year after we watched him give the performance of a lifetime at a Mexican restaurant in New Jersey, Carter continues to impress audiences around the world. This year, the former child star has courted a cult-like online following called "Aaronators," à la Lady Gaga's Little Monsters, and charged them $400 to meet him.

"I saw him in The Fantasticks ten times," a 20-year-old Aaronator named Alexandria Valentine told us at Carter's recent New York show. "He's just really nice and down to earth. Tonight will be the 12th time I'm meeting him. He gave me a kiss on the mouth once—that was cool. I have a video of it."

Other Aaronators also expressed their thoughts about Carter's romantic life. "The heart wants what the heart wants," 18-year-old Gavi Kovacs told us, referring to the pop singer's desire to rekindle his 2003 love affair with Hillary Duff. "It sucks for him, but I don't think it's pathetic in any way."

When we saw a sign at a Nick Jonas concert advertising a Carter appearance at the relatively large (by his standards) Gramercy Theatre, we knew we had to send one of our favorite photographers, Amy Lombard, to hang out with our boy AC backstage.