Now that Aaron Carter has found his voice, he wants to be heard. After writing about his sexuality in a note to fans on social media, Carter further opened up in an interview with radio personality Elvis Duran, saying he came out because he could no longer “live a lie.”

Aaron Carter writes note about his sexuality

On the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show yesterday, Carter broke down as he talked about feeling “misunderstood” and “misinterpreted” in his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Madison Parker. “I came out about, you know, my history, that I’m attracted to men and women equally,” Carter said. “The last five relationships, I’ve been with girls, but you know, I can’t live a lie.” He further claimed that she “didn’t accept what [he] was going to say” and left him.

Parker, for her part, released a statement to E! News about their breakup, saying, “My split with Aaron has nothing to do with him being bisexual. Our parting of ways is something that has been coming for some time and it’s the best thing for us both. … I’ve been nothing but supportive of Aaron and his career and I’m happy for him that he’s having the courage to live his truth. Breaking up is never easy for anyone, but it is my hope that we can move on from this point as peacefully and respectfully as possible. I wish him all the best.”

At other points in the interview, Carter opened up about his strained relationship with brother Nick, his health, and the way he’s been lambasted on social media. “I did this TV show called The Doctors, and you’re gonna see a huge reveal,” he said of rumors that he’s sick or on drugs. “You’re gonna see everything.”

Carter also thanked Duran for allowing him to share his new sound and giving him the opportunity to show fans who he has become. “I have my own path and journey to focus on… I have the creative control, I direct my videos, and it’s all part of my identity,” the singer said.

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(h/t People; photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)