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