Nick Carter: Why I Skipped My Sister Leslie's Funeral

The former Backstreet Boys singer explains that his "family has always had a complicated dynamic"

Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has dedicated the remainder of his concert tour to his late sister Leslie -- but he didn't attend her funeral. Nick's little sister, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 25, was laid to rest on Sunday in Mayville, New York. Her other famous brother, Aaron Carter, was among the mourners. So where was Nick?

"I wanted to be at my sister's funeral, but my family has always had a complicated dynamic," Nick, 32, said in a statement to E! News.

"I love my family. I want to thank everyone for all of their compassion and support that I have received during this most difficult time," Nick's statement continued. "There are so many emotions for me surrounding the loss of my sister. I am trying to stay healthy, positive and focused."

During a concert on Thursday, Nick dedicated the Backstreet Boys hit "I Want It That Way" to his sister, urging the crowd to "celebrate her life."

Everyone mourns in their own way, and while Nick has been performing, Aaron, 24, is working through his grief on Twitter. At one point, he expressed his sadness through a devastating series of hashtags: #broken #distraught #pain #confusion #disbelief #agony #Anger #lost #Sad #Family #LeslieCarter #empty #Leslie #dazed #Heaven #Sister.

The day of Leslie's funeral, he tweeted the following message: "The truth will reveal itself. I Love you Leslie soo very very very very very much!! virtually no words. You will always be my best friend."

On Monday, Aaron posted a picture of Leslie and wrote simply, "My heart is completely broken."

Though the autopsy results are pending, is believed that Leslie Carter died of a prescription drug overdose, possibly accidental. Her stepmother told police that Leslie, an aspiring singer, had "a long history of mental illness" and was being medicated for depression.

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