Aaron Carter wants to set the record straight about his weight.
The singer, who rose to fame as a child star in the '90s, has always appeared slim, sparking concern--and mockery--over his weight on social media. He drew attention over it after he performed in Las Vegas earlier this month.
"By the way y'all wanna know why I'm so skinny? It's because @ 19 i was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, I didn't choose that," Carter, 29, tweeted early Wednesday. "Be kind to me.."
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"It's a terrible stress condition that affects me having an appetite and I'm sorry this is the way I am," he continued. "Basically I have an eating disorder."
A hiatal hernia is a condition in which part of the stomach bulges through the diaphragm, thus allowing acid to enter the esophagus, aka gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Symptoms include heartburn, problems swallowing and a dry cough. Some patients lose weight because they are afraid to eat.
Hiatal hernias are typically controlled via medication and repaired via surgery or even via a non-invasive procedure through the mouth, in which small clips are placed where the esophagus meets the stomach, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Carter originally revealed his ailment in 2015 after he was criticized for his slim frame.
"The way people talk about my weight is like high school times a million," he tweeted at the time. "Yes. I'm skinny right now. Yes. I'm aware ok. I go through s--t and have been really stressed out and I have a stupid medical condition called a hiatal hernia..."
"I'm sorry, sometimes I really wish I did look better, or I eat more like y'all say, this life doesn't come w much stability...." Aaron tweeted Wednesday. "If you don't believe me, ask my brother [Nick Carter], he was there when I was 19 diagnosed. It's a stress eating disorder, I'm sorry I didn't choose this."
"No I don't do drugs, yes I feel pain, I haven't stopped working since I was 7 years old," he said. "22 years later and I still won't give up. Any of my fans who I let down or made them embarrassed to be my fans anymore I'm so sorry. I will never stop trying to win your hearts back. All things done in the dark always come to light. I might not be exactly where I want to be but I'm doing much better than I was before ... Goodnight."