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He's ultra-nice, too. Not only was he happy -- giddy, even -- to discuss everything from the person who inspired him to become a singer (his answer will leave you slack-jawed) to nasty skin blemishes, but he gladly said hello to my twins, Lora and Ellie, who listen to his 2000 landmark/work of genius Aaron's Party (Come Get It) each night before they go to sleep. Eons from now, aliens traversing a galaxy light years from our own will hear the shrieks they unleashed after listening to a recording of this most significant moment and wonder how many people died in the explosion.
Westword: My daughters inform me that one of the magazines they read called you "the hottest boy alive."
Aaron Carter: Whoa! I hadn't heard about that.
WW: How does something like that make you feel?
AC: I don't know. It's kinda weird, you know?
WW: My daughters are eight, and I know a lot of your biggest fans are around that age. But are some of them your age or older?
AC: Yeah, I've got a lot of older fans. Sixteen, seventeen. And some grownups, too.
WW: Is it strange to have so many little kids in love with you? Do you like it better when it's the sixteen-year-olds?
AC: No, it doesn't matter, because they're all the same, really. They all scream just as loud!
WW: When you're in concert and the fans are screaming, is it sometimes hard to concentrate on performing?
AC: Sometimes it is. Sometimes I'll drop a couple lines or something, and my dancers'll look at me like, "Sing the line!" And I'll be like, "Wait a minute!" Sometimes I'll go blank like that, and I'll be like, "What's wrong with me?"
WW: Do you understand why they scream that way?
AC: Sometimes I don't understand -- I don't know why. But I guess they just scream because they love me. Like for me, if I was to see Steve Perry, I'd scream my butt off.
WW: You're a Journey fan?
AC: Oh, yeah. I'm a big Journey fan.
WW: Have you ever met Steve Perry?
AC: No, but I talked to him once on the phone. He's a nice guy. He and David Foster -- they wrote "I Stand Alone" for Quest for Camelot -- are writing a song for me right now. Which is so cool, because he's the reason I wanted to become a singer.
WW: Was there one of his songs that really connected with you?
AC: Yeah, "Wheel in the Sky." That's my favorite one. My dad used to listen to it; he used to jam to that song in his Camaro.
WW: In the past, you've talked about wanting to be a marine biologist someday. Are you still interested in that?
AC: Definitely. When I get a little older, when I'm twenty or something, I'm gonna go to college for it.
WW: Does that mean you can imagine a time when you're not a performer?
AC: I'm not gonna do marine biology for a while -- and I'm just gonna do it for a while and see what it's like. But I'm never gonna stop singing.
WW: Still, if you were a marine biologist, you wouldn't be recognized everywhere you go. Or do you like it when kids recognize you?
AC: It's cool with me. It's never been a problem, and it's my life. I've got to get used to it.
WW: It's been pretty much your whole life, hasn't it? Can you remember a time when you weren't famous?
AC: Oh, yeah. I can remember back to when I was little and I wanted so bad to become a superstar and stuff. And before that, when I was, like, five, I wanted to be Peter Pan! [Laughs]
WW: I've read that your brother Nick thinks being famous is the reason he was arrested a few weeks ago. Did what happened seem unfair to you?
AC: Very unfair, very unfair. I talked to my brother, and they just did it because he's Nick Carter. But it's okay; everything's great now, and he's recording for his new album.
WW: There's always the chance that something like that could happen to you one day just because you're Aaron Carter. Does that worry you at all?