The Backstreet Boys appeared on This Morning on Friday without Nick Carter following the death of his younger brother Aaron last week.
Four of the band’s members, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson, joined the mid-morning stalwart to chat about their new Christmas album and upcoming 30th anniversary.
Following their interview, host Alison Hammond acknowledged Nick’s absence from the segment and shared her condolences with the 42-year-old singer and his family.
She said: “Of course we are sending all our love to Nick Carter who wasn’t able to be there for family reasons as we all know but gave the boys his blessing to go ahead with the interview.”
Aaron was found dead at the age of 34 on Saturday, November 5, at his home in Lancaster, California. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
The band paused their show, held as part of their DNA World Tour, at the O2 Arena to honour Nick’s younger brother, Aaron, less than 24 hours after learning the tragic news.
In a video filmed by an audience member, band member Kevin Richardson is seen speaking to the crowd at the concert, as a photo appeared on the big screen of Aaron, with the inscription ‘1987-2022’.
Richardson said: “We all grew up together. We’ve been through highs and lows, up and downs. You guys have been through it with us, we’ve been through it with you. Tonight, we’ve got a little bit of heavy hearts because we lost one of our family members yesterday.”
At that point, Nick is seen breaking down in tears as he is consoled by his bandmates.
Richardson continued: “We just wanted to find a moment in our show to recognise him. Nick’s little brother Aaron Carter passed away yesterday.
“He’s a part of our family. We thank you guys for all your love, all your well wishes and all your support.”
Dorough, 49, then informed the audience that their next song, Breathe, was dedicated to Aaron.
Backstreet Boy’s concert tribute to Aaron comes after Nick gave his own personal tribute to his brother hours earlier.
My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded. I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed. pic.twitter.com/89lsEdX9f8
— Nick Carter (@nickcarter) November 6, 2022
Posting several throwback photos of himself with Aaron, Nick wrote: “Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded.
“I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed.
“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know.
“I love you Chizz. Now you can finally have the peace you could never find here on earth… I love you baby brother.”