For three hours Nick Carter lay on the bathroom floor bawling at the news of his younger sister Leslie’s tragic death. The 33-year-old Backstreet Boy was in the middle of a U.S. solo tour when he received the devastating news.
“I was on my tour bus and I got a call from my dad and he said, ‘There’s been a death in the family,’” the singer tells HuffPost Canada Music. “I was dumbfounded. Shocked.”
“At the same time I knew something like this would happen in my family one day… and I couldn’t stop it to save my life. No one would listen to me, which is why I had to start leading by example and doing better myself.”
While Nick had drastically turned his life around following a battle with drugs and alcohol and tried many times to help Leslie do the same, she resisted his support and he became wary of spending time around her since he was trying to stay clean himself.
He hadn’t seen his 25-year-old sister — who was reportedly suffering depression and whose parents had been trying to get diagnosed with bipolar disorder — for nearly a year before her January 2012 death from a suspected prescription drug overdose.