Aaron Carter files for bankruptcy

The onetime popstar has debts of over $2 million

American singer Aaron Carter has filed for bankruptcy.

Gossip site TMZ reports that the singer – who is the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter and also had his own successful pop career when he was a child and teenager – has liabilities of $2,204,854 (£1,364,897) but lists his own assets at just $8,232.16 (£5,096). He also owes $1,368,140 (£847,197) to tax collection agency the IRS.

A representative for 25-year-old Carter, Steve Honig, told TMZ: “The overwhelming majority of the debt he is asking to be discharged is from more than 10 years ago when he was a minor and not in control of his finances.”

Two years ago, Carter said that Michael Jackson gave him drugs and alcohol when he was a teenager. “I never talked about it, this is the first time. I do miss Michael, I have spent such incredible times with him,” Carter told OK Magazine Australia. “I did things with him that nobody else did but I was also troubled about what he did to me.”

“He gave me wine,” he continued. “I mean, I could have refused, but I was 15. As for drugs? He gave me cocaine. I felt weird about that and other stuff.” Jackson, who passed away in June 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest from propofol intoxication, was often accused of having a controversial private life after he was tried and acquitted of child sexual abuse in 2005.