HILARY Duff paid a touching tribute to her ex-boyfriend Aaron Carter years after their split over Lindsay Lohan.
The singer was found dead in his bathtub at his home in Lancaster, California on Saturday.
The Lizzie McGuire actress, who began dating Aaron in 2001 when they were both 13, has written an emotional tribute to her ex-boyfriend following news of his death.
She wrote in a touching Instagram post: “For Aaron – I am deeply sorry that life has been so hard for you and you have had to fight in front of the whole world.
“You had a charm that was absolutely bubbly… Boy did my teenage self love you dearly.
“Sending love to your family at this time.
The couple was on and off in the 2000s when they were teenagers.
Aaron even appeared in an episode of Hilary’s Disney Channel series.
They eventually ended their relationship in 2003 as the star was also dating Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan at the same time.
When Aaron and Hilary temporarily called it off in 2002, he started dating Lindsay.
The dating timelines between all three coincided until Aaron and Hilary finally went their separate ways.
In a now-deleted interview on The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch, the Aaron’s Party singer said of their romance, “I started dating Hilary on my 13th birthday.
“I dated her for about a year and a half and then I just got a little bit bored, so I went out and started getting to know Lindsay, dating Lindsay.”
Since her courtship ended, the mother-of-three married Hilary and divorced NHL player Mike Comrie before tying the knot again with singer Matthew Koma.
Regarding his ex-girlfriend’s later relationships, Aaron told FOX News, “I’m really happy for her that she’s in a successful relationship and that she’s going to have a baby.
Sometimes I think to myself, maybe it could have been me, but it is what it is.
“It’s crazy, that’s old story now. She knows I’ll always love her.”
The singer, who died yesterday aged 34, never made it down the aisle despite being engaged twice.
Aaron and his fiancee Melanie Martin welcomed their first child together last year.
Sources exclusively told The US Sun that Aaron was found “unresponsive” in a bathtub by a staff member after he died of a drug overdose friends suspect.
It comes just weeks after Carter exclusively told The US Sun in his very latest interview that he’s checked into rehab to get his son Prince back.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/6612249/aaron-carters-hilary-duff-tribute-split-lindsay-lohan-triangle/ Aaron Carter’s ex Hilary Duff is paying tribute to late stardom after the couple split over Lindsay Lohan’s love triangle