Nick Carter was seen on a yacht cruise with his Backstreet Boys bandmates in Sydney Harbour on Sunday – days after his estranged mother Jane released photos of his brother Aaron’s ‘death scene’ bathroom.
The singer, 43, went shirtless and donned a pair of patterned blue swimming trunks as he spent time with his bandmates during a lull in their DNA World Tour.
Nick, who also showed off his tattoos on the yacht, was seen smoking a cigarette as he took in the scenic views, before enjoying a drink.
The star and his bandmates, including Brian Littrell, 48, and Kevin Richardson, 51, – were treated to champagne aboard the yacht before they had a paddleboarding lesson.
The sighting came after Jane shared shocking snaps of the room where musician Aaron died on November 5 aged 34 and voiced her beliefs that people ‘harassing’ the former child star online could have done him harm.
Sighting: Nick Carter was seen on a yacht cruise with his Backstreet Boys bandmates in Sydney Harbour on Sunday – days after his estranged mother Jane released photos of his brother Aaron’s ‘death scene’ bathroom
Boat ride: Nick, who also showed off his tattoos on the yacht, was seen smoking a cigarette as he took in the scenic views, before enjoying a drink
This comes after Jane Carter voiced her belief that Aaron was the victim of a crime and that he did not die from an overdose.
She posted several pictures of the tragic bathroom scene to her social media in a bid to bring the authorities’ attention back to the case.
The images were taken at Mr Carter’s home in Lancaster, California on the day of the troubled singer’s death on November 5 last year.
One of the pictures showed the bathtub where the I Want Candy singer died filled with discolored water, likely because of the natural bodily after effects of death.
The other images show towels sprawled across the bathroom floor, with more tinged water surrounding them.
Ms Carter said she had the full support of her son’s friends and family to post the images to bring attention back to the case.
She said she was not being taken seriously by police, and hoped the post detailing the awful scene of his death will lead law enforcement to reexamine Mr Carter’s death.
She also said it was wrong that police could ‘tromp through’ the house when the body was discovered by the housekeeper last year, and said there ‘should have been at least an investigation’.
Sighing: The shirtless star wrapped up in a towel as he smoked on the yacht
Day out: The star was seen tapping away on a tablet as he enjoyed the day
Bandmates: Carter’s bandmate Kevin Richardson, 51, was seen paddleboarding
Fun: Fellow BSB member Brian Littrell, 48, showed off his fine form as the group enjoyed some champagne
Smile: The star shared a joke with his bandmate Kevin as the pair relaxed at sea
Group: Nick held onto Brian as the group larked around at sea
Chat: Nick chatted with Kevin on a break from the group’s world tour
Cheers: The group were seen lying on a huge inflatable as they had some bubbly
This comes after Jane Carter voiced her belief that Aaron was the victim of a crime and that he did not die from an overdose Pictured: The mother and son at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles, October 10, 2019
‘Because of my son’s mental illness and prescription drug issues they [the police] just wanted it to be something easy that they didn’t have the time or inclination to address.’
The devastated mother added: ‘We want justice. We want answers.
‘There are people who must be held accountable.’
An autopsy conducted by the LA County Coroner’s Office already confirmed to Mr Carter’s family that he had not drowned.
The authorities found that he did not have any water in his lungs, so they believe he died in the bathtub following an overdose.
Ms Carter told TMZ Live that her son had a ‘number of people harassing him online’ and she believed they could have done him harm.
She said police had done a welfare check on Carter but claimed they had failed to see him in person.
Ms Carter added that she was suspicious over the manner of Aaron’s death as there was no water from the overflowing bathtub on the edges of the tub, which she believed there would have been if he had been pulled out to do CPR.
At sea: Brian was seen laughing as he prepared to jump in the ocean
Laughter: Nick soaked up the sun with loved ones during his time in Australia
Group: The singer made his way down the yacht as he chatted with friends
Luxe life: The group were enjoying a day of luxury aboard the yacht
Tribute: In the wake of Aaron’s tragic death, Nick held a benefit concert and shared a poignant Instagram tribute
Final interview: Aaron spent his life blighted by mental illness and drug addiction
‘He was an addict, but I don’t think he wanted to die, I don’t think he would have been doing that much of that aerosol.’
But both Ms Carter and her son’s fiancée Melanie Martin, 30, have previously alleged a drug deal he made on the night that he died could have led him to overdose.
In an interview with TMZ in January, Martin said she had found text messages on Mr Carter’s phone from a man demanding $800 for an unknown substance.
Mr Carter, who spent time at rehab in various stints between 2011 and 2017, reportedly replied to the man claiming he no longer needed the substance, to which the man responded it didn’t matter as he still owed the money.
He then asked if he was being threatened, which is where the messages end.
Ms Martin submitted the text exchange to the Los Angeles Police Department as evidence following the tragic death.
The former child star Carter spent his life blighted by drug addiction. It was previously reported law enforcement found prescription pills and cans of compressed air in the bathroom where he died.
The star’s manager Taylor Helgeson said they had discussed him going into an inpatient rehab program, which had been met with resistance by Carter.
He said they considered three months in Utah ‘detoxing and formulating new physical habits’ – with Carter saying he wanted to focus on regaining custody of his one year-old son Prince before entering rehab.
A neutral third party will now carry out the administration of Mr Carter’s estate after his twin sister Angel dropped her bid to take control.
She reportedly cut a deal with Aaron’s fiancée, Ms. Martin – mother of his 14 month-old son Prince – to hire a neutral third party to be administrator of the estate, estimated to be worth around $550,000 in real estate and personal property.
In January at a court in downtown Los Angeles, Judge Michael Small granted the twin’s request to withdraw her motion to be administrator. Financial consultant Aileen Federizo was appointed as administrator, giving her ‘full authority’ over the estate. The judge scheduled another hearing on June 25.
In January Nick Carter’s benefit concert in memory of his estranged brother raised $150k for a children’s mental health charity.
Songs For Tomorrow – which Nick and N*Sync’s Lance Bass, 43, headlined at West Hollywood’s Heart – raised money for On Our Sleeves: The Movement for Children’s Mental Health.
Nick was also joined by Backstreet Boy bandmate AJ McLean, 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons, O-Town and LFO for the concert reports TMZ – which saw him break down in tears onstage as he paid tribute to Aaron.
Fatherhood: Carter welcomed a son Prince with fiancee Melanie Martin in November 2021
He performed a song penned in Aaron’s memory called Hurts to Love You.
A representative for the Backstreet Boys singer previously told DailyMail.com: ‘For fans looking to pay tribute to the life of Aaron Carter, a donation page has been established in lieu of flowers that will benefit On Our Sleeves: The Movement for Children’s Mental Health, an organization that Nick Carter has long supported and serves as an Ambassador for.
‘On Our Sleeves is on a mission to provide every community in America access to free, evidenced-informed educational resources necessary for breaking stigmas about child mental health as well as educating families and advocates.
‘Gifts fund educational content, lesson plans for schools and activities for schools and organizations. By honoring Aaron, you help Nick, Angel, and their family’s commitment of helping others.’
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