Childhood pop star Aaron Carter performed for the first time in years since coming out as bisexual.
Carter performed at LGBTQ-themed bar & grille Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa last Thursday. He played a set list of songs both new and old for the pub near the town where he grew up, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
A video from the Daily Mail shows the emotional singer tearing up over the crowd as he thanks his fans for supporting his decision to come out: “I just want to say thank you so much for all your love and support for the LGBTQ community and my announcement. It means a lot. Yes, I am a bisexual man."
Toward the end of the clip, Carter alludes to an upcoming daytime television appearance on the Doctors.
Save for a few tabloid appearances over the years in which the 29-year-old has cut a figure of shaggy vagrancy, Carter has been largely absent from public life. His absence over the last decade can be attributed to his struggles with addiction, bankruptcy and an eating disorder — along with recent DUI charges in July.
But in taking to social media on August 5 to decree his bisexuality, Carter gave voice to his experience of being at war with his sexuality for years: “I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive.”
In an interview thereafter with the Bert Show, a nationally syndicated radio program, Carter spoke in hopeful terms about the catharsis he felt on coming out, and on looking forward, saying “it was part of a new chapter of turning 30.”
“I am who I am,” Carter offered, in summary to his audience at Hamburger Mary’s last week, which seemed to settle the matter.
Watch the video below.