Nick Carter got candid on an episode of “Dr. Phil” this week, telling the talk show host that his sister’s death from a drug overdose continues to haunt him.
His sister, Leslie Carter, died at the age of 25 on Feb. 1, 2012. He said he was traumatized by her passing, and the singer (who wrote in his book that he has had his own share of dependency issues) ended up being blamed by his family for her passing. As a result, the singer chose not to attend his sister’s funeral last February.
“The reason I did not go was because I actually got the phone call from my father that she had passed,” he said in the interview. “Immediately the conversation turned into not about her death and not about the actual passing and what had occurred, but more about themselves. Then I started to get blamed by the rest of the family — I have a large family and they all went there — and they were blaming me for the death.”
Tearing up, he added, “I thought that was unfair. There comes a point where you have to ask yourself if you’re hurting them or helping them” by staying in their lives.
As a result, Carter said that he still has a frosty relationship with the rest of his family.
“It has been toxic,” he said of his dealings with rest of the Carter clan. “The communication is something I’m still trying to work on by going to therapy.”