Leslie Carter Battled Postpartum Depression & Was Estranged From Siblings

Thu, February 2, 2012 11:30am EST by 5 Comments
Leslie Carter Depression

An insider reveals that not only was Leslie battling a prescription drug addiction, she felt neglected by most of her family members.

Leslie Carter seemed to have it all: a devoted husband, a darling 10-month-old girl and a famous family. But a source tells HollywoodLife.com that the fame tore Leslie’s family apart and that she grew distant from her siblings over the past several years.

“Leslie was depressed,” a source tells us. “She was battling a major addiction and yes, it was a surprise when she suddenly died. But before anyone even said what caused it, everyone thought the same thing. She battled a prescription drug addiction for a while.  Some think that she was even battling from postpartum depression, too.”

Leslie, 25, was one of five kids — Nick, Bobbie Jean, Aaron Carter and his twin sister Angel Carter.

“Everyone in that family is trying to make it in Hollywood and it caused jealousy and pitted some of them against each other,” our source says. “When Leslie got married, several members of her family didn’t even attend. Close friends definitely find it strange that Nick isn’t taking time off to go be with his family and he’s instead performing in NYC — even though he did dedicate his tour to her. Many think the way the family is handling it is very bizarre.”

Aaron did take to Twitter on Feb. 2 to express his profound grief over Leslie’s death: “#broken #distraught #pain #confusion #disbelief #agony #Anger #lost #Sad #Family #LeslieCarter #empty #Leslie #dazed #Heaven #Sister”

We spoke to the Coroner’s Office on Feb. 1 and they told HollywoodLife.com that they released Leslie’s body to the family and that the autopsy was complete. Funeral arrangements for Leslie have yet to be announced. The toxicology report could take four to six weeks for the results.

— Chloe Melas

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More Leslie:

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  2. Leslie Carter’s Autopsy Complete & Cause Of Death Still ‘Unknown’, Says Coroner’s Office
  3. Nick & Aaron Carter’s Sister Leslie Carter Dead At 25

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Katy Wageman

Posted at 4:03 AM on March 1, 2012  

What’s the difference between regular depression and post-partum (besides obviously that PPD is after you have a baby)? I’ve suffered from depression since my early teens, never used medication as treatment, and never considered myself “cured” but consider the good times to be times when my depression is in “remission” kinda like cancer. Anyway, I just had a baby boy a little over a month ago, and I’m definately experiecing more than “the baby blues.” I already plan to talk to my doctor about this at my appointment next tuesday, but I want to know–how would I know (or the doctor know) whether it’s PostPartum Depression or my regular depression back? What’s the real difference?

Thank you.

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Catherine Geller

Posted at 8:34 PM on February 2, 2012  

Aaron We are so sorry about the loss of your Beautiful sister Leslie our love thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time in your life we love you Aaron catherine gwen and alana

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Posted at 11:59 AM on February 2, 2012  

Instead of blaming the siblings for not reacting the way everyone in the world thinks they should, start with those awful, horrible humans that were unfortunately their parents. They deserve to be in jail for what they did to those kids, its no wonder things aren’t picture perfect.

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Posted at 1:38 PM on February 2, 2012  

i (semi) agree. people aren’t going to act in a ‘picture perfect’ way when dealing with an unexpected untimely death. people grieve in their own ways. if nick wants to continue touring.. ok he may regret it later but if he feels like thats what he needs to do then u can’t force him to be with the family. maybe it’s too hard for him. no one knows but them.

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Posted at 11:43 PM on February 2, 2012  

I completely agree with you. Everyone is saying what a terrible brother he is for still continuing the tour, but everyone does grieve in their own way. And if you watched “House of Carters” you would see that Nick was an amazing brother to his four siblings, including Leslie

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