After Leslie Carter passed away after a prescription drug overdose last week, her funeral was held over the weekend. One family member who didn’t attend? Leslie's brother, Nick Carter.
Nick, who was performing at a concert while the ceremony was taking place, told TMZ his family made it impossible for him to be at the funeral.
“I wanted to be at my sister’s funeral,” the singer said. “But my family has always had a complicated dynamic.”
Nick wasn’t specific about what exactly they did, but sources close to him told TMZ that he feels family members went out of their way to make sure he wasn’t included in the ceremony.
Nick added: "There are so many emotions for me surrounding the loss of my sister. I am trying to stay healthy, positive, and focused.”
When contacted for comment, Nick’s stepmother, Ginger Carter, simply said: “that’s not true.”
Leslie passed away on Tuesday, and Nick returned to the stage on Thursday night at Irving Plaza in New York. It was his first public appearance since his sister’s death.
E! called Nick “the consummate performer” adding the he put on “an energetic show.”
“I’ve never done this before, and I never thought I’d have to, but I’d like to dedicate this song to my sister,” Nick said, his voice cracking. He then sang his song, Falling Down.
Later, he told the crowd: “Let’s celebrate her life, god dammit,” and then broke into I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys.