Hilary Duff has hit back at claims in Aaron Carter’s memoir that she lost her virginity to him on her 13th birthday.
Duff, 35, is an award-winning actress and singer best known for her lead role in the Disney television series, Lizzie McGuire.
She played the title character on the show between 2001 and 2004, picking up numerous Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice and Teen Choice awards and nominations in the process.
How I Met Your Father star Duff also appeared in numerous mainstream films early in her career such as Cadet Kelly, Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen and A Cinderella Story.
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As an adult, she has enjoyed roles in films such as War, Inc., According to Greta and The Haunting of Sharon Tate.
Duff was in an on-off relationship with singer-songwriter Aaron Carter between 2000 and 2003, while they were both in their early teens.
Carter had shot to fame aged nine with the release of his self-titled debut album in 1997, shortly after the formation of his brother Nick’s band, The Backstreet Boys.
In 2000 and 2001 respectively, Carter released two platinum albums, ‘Aaron’s Party’ and ‘Oh Aaron’.
Carter was found dead by Los Angeles police officers at his California home on November 5, the cause is currently being investigated.
His memoir, ‘Aaron Carter: An Incomplete Story of an Incomplete Life’ – which will now be released posthumously – claims the former teen stars lost their virginities to each other.
Carter made guest appearances alongside Duff on Lizzie McGuire while trying his hand at acting early on in his career.
An excerpt from the book published in the New York Post claims the pair slept together for the first time in a hotel on Duff’s 13th birthday.
It reads: “Hilary and I lost our virginity to each other at a hotel… in LA.
“I think it was her birthday, maybe her 13th [September 28, 2000], but I don’t remember.
“Her friends walked in, and we just yelled at them to get out.”
Duff has hit back at the book’s claims, labelling it a ‘money grab’.
She said: “It’s really sad that within a week of Aaron’s death, there’s a publisher that seems to be recklessly pushing a book out to capitalise on this tragedy without taking the appropriate time or care to fact-check the validity of his work.
“To water down Aaron’s life story to what seems to be unverified click-bait for profit is disgusting.
“In no way do I condone shedding any light on what is so obviously an uninformed, heartless money grab.”
The unfinished book was co-authored by Carter and Andy Symonds over a period of three years.
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It is set to be released in its unfinished state, though the publisher has postponed a late November release date ‘out of respect’ for Carter’s family.
Carter’s management supported Duff’s comments about the memoir.
Taylor Helgeson, of Big Umbrella Management, told the New York Post: “This is a time for mourning and reflection, not heartless money grabs and attention seeking.
“We would ask the parties responsible to remove the aforementioned content and that no further content be released without approval from his family, friends and associates.”
After learning of his death, Duff shared a tribute to Carter on her Instagram page.
She wrote: “For Aaron – I’m deeply sorry that life was so hard for you and that you had to struggle in front of the whole world.
“You had a charm that was absolutely effervescent… boy did my teenage self love you deeply.
“Sending love to your family at this time. Rest easy.”
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