The Junior Bomb

Meet Aaron Carter, the dreamiest teen on the planet.

AC: Yeah, you know, sometimes I get a little worried about it. But I'll just be careful -- not make myself too obvious.

WW: You always look so perfect in your photographs. Does that take a lot of work,or does it come naturally to you?

AC: I just like to be natural. I don't like being fake. I hate makeup -- I really hate makeup. One time we had a show, and they put makeup on me, and this lady was like [falsetto], "Don't you take that makeup off! You leave that makeup on! Your face has to reflect!" And I'm like, "Whatever," and then I went straight to the bathroom and washed all the makeup off.

The life of the Party: Aaron Carter sets young hearts a-flutter.
The life of the Party: Aaron Carter sets young hearts a-flutter.

WW: I know that when I was fourteen, I had zits, but I've never seen a picture of you with zits. Do you ever get them?

AC: Every once in a while. But I'm pretty good about that.

WW: When you get one, do people like that makeup lady go into a panic?

AC: No. [Giggles] I just wash my face until it's gone.

WW: How about your clothes? Do you get to pick out what you wear for concerts?

AC: Someone usually chooses what I wear. But when I dress in my own style, kinda casual, I pick those out. I don't like to look like, "Look at me! I'm shiny!"

WW: Are there ever times when somebody tells you, "Wear this," and you say, "That's not me"?

AC: That's happened before. One time they tried to put me in stockings and some really tight shirt, and I said, "I'm not wearing that! I look like a little flirty girl in that!"

WW: Actually, it sounds like something Peter Pan would wear.

AC: [Laughs] Yeah! My big dream!

WW: Are you working on a new album?

AC: Yeah, we just started a couple weeks ago. We've already finished one song that's kind of like "I'm All About You" [from Oh Aaron].

WW: Are you trying to do things a little differently this time around? Or will it be an extension of things you've done in the past?

AC: It's gonna be an extension, definitely. We're gonna put in a lot of cool things, like the interludes we did on the Aaron's Party album, and hidden tracks, too. My songs are gonna change a little bit, because my fans are getting older, and I'm getting older, you know? But I'm not gonna do something dramatic, like Britney Spears going from "Oops!...I Did It Again" to "I'm a Slave."

WW: So you're not going to wear a big snake around your shoulders?

AC: No!

WW: Did you get a say about the songs for the new album?

AC: Yeah, I definitely did. They definitely give me a lot more credit than they used to, and say, "Choose some things." And if a song is really bad, I'll say, "That song's bad!" Because I know what people my age like. Like, my mom wouldn't know what people my age like -- and if she likes a song, it wouldn't be for somebody this age. It'd be more...old. But I know what kids like.

WW: In the past, your songs have been played a lot on radio stations for kids, like Radio Disney, but not as much on other stations -- even the ones that play groups like the Backstreet Boys. Why do you think that is?

AC: Probably because my music is a little different from what they're used to. But it'll never change. I've done good in the background, so if they don't want me, that's fine.

WW: There's a lot of rapping on your Oh Aaron CD. Who's your favorite rapper right now?

AC: There are some really good ones. Ja Rule is really good, even though they play his new song too much. [Laughs]

WW: Can you imagine some day rapping in more street-oriented language like he uses? Or is that not really your thing?

AC: I don't know. We'll just have to see what kind of style I end up with in the future. But I wouldn't ever want to be a bad influence.

WW: What do you like more, rapping or singing?

AC: I actually like them both the same; I like putting them together to make them into something new. But singing is what I started off doing, and I don't want to end it with rapping. Good things must come to an end, so I'll end it singing.

WW: Do you get an allowance?

AC: Yeah, my parents give me an allowance. I'm a hardworking kid. When I'm home, I like to work in the yard and fix things. I'm always doing stuff like that.

WW: So your allowance isn't just for performing, but for mowing the lawn?

AC: Yeah. I like to take care of things.

WW: What other household chores do you have?

AC: Well, if I don't clean up my room, I get in big trouble.

WW: Are you allowed to spend your allowance on anything you want?

AC: Sometimes I have limits, but most of the time, I can buy whatever I want.

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