Aaron Carter ‘Wanted to Make Her Proud’ as he Gets a Giant Butterfly Tattoo in Honor of his Late Sister

Due to drug overdose in 2012 Aaron Carter’s sister Leslie died at the age of 25.

Aaron Carter’s Tribute Tattoo for his Sister

The 34-year-old musician shared a video where a tattoo artist is drawing four new face pieces on him in a series of Instagram posts over the weekend, including a giant butterfly tattoo. The new, blue art was placed above his right eye in honor of his sister Leslie Carter, who died at the age of 25 from a drug overdose in 2012.

Aaron Carter  posted a series of posts on his Instagram with the following captions

  • “Life is such a valuable learning lesson, IF you [allow] it to be that,”
  • “With that being said, this is my body and this tattoo by @tattoo_mike_13 is to commemorate the passing of [sic] my sister Leslie Barbara Carter.”
  • Noting that Leslie was an “amazing” mother and “nothing more than someone I admired,” Aaron admitted, “I always wanted to make her proud.”

Aaron Carter Butterfly Face Tattoo

  • “Leslie I know your [sic] in paradise. I do feel you inside, The things you taught me and your favorite color being blue you were a Gemini and you were fearless.”

Alongside this tribute to Leslie, Aaron also has other words related to her such as “Freedom” inked on his forehead, “Karma” above his left eye, and his son Prince’s name under his right eye.


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  • “Every time I see a blue butterfly, [it reminds me of her]. She loved blue, it was her favorite color,” the “Fool’s Gold” singer explained. “She had the most beautiful icy blue eyes in the world.”

At many instances Aaron has acknowledged that his late sibling was better at singing than both him and their brother Nick Carter, who is a member of The Backstreet Boys. “She could kick me and Nick’s a— as a singer, like so bad,” he added. “She could sing as good as Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera. She just didn’t get through and had some struggles, you know?”


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At the day of her death Leslie was found unconscious in her father’s home in Mayville, New York, on Jan. 31, 2012. She was rushed to a the nearest hospital in Westfield, where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 4:59 p.m. local time.

It was later revealed that Leslie suffered an overdose, and was found taking prescription medications Olanzapine, Cyclobenzaprine (muscle relaxer), and Alprazolam (Xanax).

The news was especially heartbreaking for Aaron, who just days before had offered to pay for her substance abuse treatment.

“I wasn’t really making that much money. Fortunately, I had just hit my bonus. I got $10,000 the week before Leslie died, and I actually had reached out to her two weeks before that and said, ‘I’m going to get you the money to go to rehab,'” he previously told Oprah Winfrey. “She wanted it.”

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