It’s been a tough time for Aaron Carter. The noticeably thinner pop star has been fighting accusations of drug abuse for months and now he’s decided to set the record straight. In a sit-down interview with ET, the 29-year-old singer opened up about his eating disorder.

 

“I am not a meth head,” he said emphatically. “I have never touched it in my life.” He then pointed out the fact that his teeth, an area of the body that is typically destroyed by meth use, look perfect, even making an effort to show the condition of his gums.

Instead, he explains, he suffers from a hiatal hernia and added, “I have a stress condition of an 80-year-old man. I am also lactose intolerant. [I weigh] 135, 140,” he said. “Yeah, and I’m 5’8. [Doctors] said avoid stress. Because I can develop cancer.”

When people mock him, which he calls “body shaming,” he said that it “hurts so badly” because there’s nothing he can do about it. He’s had to regularly deactivate his social media accounts to escape the cruel comments.  “How would you feel every two seconds, seeing a tweet, ‘You have AIDS. Go die. Oh, look at this meth head. Oh, meth kills. Crack kills,'” he asked. “It’s body shaming and it’s the toughest thing to deal with.”

When the interviewer asked, “what’s one thing you want to say to all the nasty fans out there?” “I… I’m sorry,” he said tearfully. “I am sorry for the way that I look.”

That’s pretty sad. No matter what is happening in his life, he doesn’t owe anyone any explanations about his body, especially not strangers on Twitter. He does, however, have a plan to make things better.

“I am going to a training camp called D1 Combine Training and I’m going to transform my body. And get healthy,” Carter revealed. “Hopefully tomorrow. We’re already working on it, I’ve been asking for a year. To everybody I say, ‘Give me a break so I can look better, so I can eat.'”

 

Let’s hope he can get the break he needs from the negativity so that he can focus on his health, both physically and mentally.