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Nick Carter Discusses Recent Arrest, Says: “I am Human”

LOS ANGELES - JAN 29:  Nick Carter at the "Better Call Saul" SerThe Backstreet Boys rose to fame in the 1990s and made Nick Carter a star. The youngest of the group, Carter’s piercing blue eyes and sweeping blond hair made him an instant teen idol. Unfortunately, along with his incredible success has come great suffering. Over the years, the singer has seen his share of ups and downs and, most recently, was arrested in Key West, Florida earlier this month. Now, he’s ready to talk about what happened.

Altercation at Bar

On January 13, 2016, Carter was taken into custody after engaging in a bar fight at the Hog’s Breath Saloon. Police officers at the scene said that he appeared intoxicated and was “slurring” his words. The arrest occurred after the bar’s general manager called for help when, he says, he witnessed either Carter, or his companion, Michael Papayans, “sucker punching” one of the saloon’s bartenders. The pair had, reportedly, grown irritated with the employee after he refused to serve them.

Post-Arrest Comments

No longer a teen, Carter is a 35-year-old married man with a baby boy on the way. He chose to address the reports of his arrest by sending out a few messages to fans via Twitter. The first tweet said: “I am human and at times it can be a struggle to balance a healthy lifestyle. I’m not perfect and for that I am sorry.” He quickly followed that up with: “When we fall we have to get up and keep on walking. I hope you stay by my side and continue to walk with me.”

History of Substance Abuse

Not long after the incident, Carter’s bandmate, A.J. McLean, spoke up for him while appearing on the Kramer and Geena Morning Show and said: “Nick’s dealt with his demons. He’s a good kid. He really has been on top of his game, between Dancing With the Stars and getting ready for fatherhood… He really is very, very level headed. You kind of have to laugh at these things, otherwise you’re just going to mope around and hang your head low.”

Although, they had not yet spoken about it, McLean shared some general information to help provide some context. The pair have remained close over the years with McLean attending Carter’s 2014 nuptials. While it’s great that McLean wanted to say something positive some may argue that he almost downplays the seriousness of the allegations.

Even Carter himself, as recently as November 2015, talked about how damaging his substance and alcohol abuse had become in the past. He told Entertainment Tonight that, at one point, he feared for his own life as his drug use spiralled out of control. He mentioned that, in his autobiography, Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It, he had been arrested for a bar fight in 2002 and then was charged with a DUI in 2005.

Anyone who has been in recovery or has been around those fighting to gain control over their addictions knows that, with his past, Carter should take this latest incident very seriously to avoid sliding back into old, destructive patterns. Hopefully, this was just a wake-up call that will to get him back on track.

Nick Carter Discusses Recent Arrest, Says: “I am Human”

Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne has been a celebrity blogger for eight years and also teaches psychology at the college level. In addition to her passion for mental health, she is an avid reader, hockey fan and mother of four.

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Croteau, J. (2016). Nick Carter Discusses Recent Arrest, Says: “I am Human”. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2020, from


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