Aaron Carter is apparently ticked off at the new generation of pop idols, particularly Justin Bieber — because, as he claims, “these kids have NEVER paid me homage” for paving the way back in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
A Twitter user wondered why Carter “never reached the level of success” that Bieber did, and the 30-year-old singer issued a scathing response.
“I’ve been in this industry before he was born,” the “I Want Candy” singer tweeted about the Biebs, adding, “I’ve had harder times and always bounce back. No I’m not Justin Bieber I’m Aaron Carter. I’m also in construction. I paved the way.”
Before long, Carter started engaging with Twitter trolls who bashed him for comparing himself to Bieber, including one who accused Carter of “using the Biebs’ name to promote” his upcoming album. “Carter has done this before. *Yawns.*”
Carter fired back, pointing out he’s “gold in 10 countries and 100 million streams on my last single released.”
He also had some words for another commenter, who said she “didn’t even know Aaron was still making music.”
TMZ picked up on Carter’s comments, and the singer immediately took issue with the gossip site’s headline, which declared that Carter described himself as “the Original Justin Bieber, But Gets No Respect.”
Bieber fans may be upset, but the “Love Yourself” singer will not contest the effect Carter had on his career. “Aaron Carter, I had your album when I was little and bumped the song ‘Aaron’s Party'”, Bieber tweeted on Wednesday. “I was like 7-years-old. If you need a hype man I got you.”