The Backstreet Boys were certainly a sensation that everyone (especially the ladies) drooled over in the 1990s. They were a group of young men who were talented in the art of music and had the looks to sell them. The Backstreet Boys were founded in 1993 in Orlando, Florida, by five young men, and one of these accomplished gentlemen was our blond god Nick Carter.
Nick was born on January 28, 1980, and is probably best known as part of the now-defunct Backstreet Boys, because although he had a solo career that sold quite well, he was most popular as part of the group. The American musician was born in Jamestown, New York as the son of his mother Jane Elizabeth Schneck and his father Robert Gene Carter, a bar owner. Nick’s ethnicity is mixed, as his mother is of Welsh, Irish, German, English and one-quarter American. Nick was the first of five children his parents had together before their marriage finally broke up.
Career – Early Beginnings
For Nick Carter, his career path was already marked out quite early, when his mother enrolled him for singing and dancing lessons at the theatre and dance school of Karl and DiMarco. At that time he was ten years old and learned ballet and tap dancing and was excellent at it. His outstanding performances earned him many favors, as he soon appeared in commercials and operas. He appeared in commercials for the Florida State Lottery and another one for The Money Store. Better yet, he played the lead role in the fourth-grade production of “Phantom of the Opera” at Miles Elementary School.
Once he started, there was no stopping him. While performing in dance, he did his best not only to entertain but also to educate. He made a video called Reach For The Book and a show called The Klub, and for two years Carter had the unique opportunity to perform at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ home games. In 1990, his playing took off when he made his film debut in the movie Edward Scissorhands, in which he played alongside big names like Johnny Depp.
His group days began in 1989 when one of his teachers, seeing how well he sings, formed a group for him and a few other children. The group – Nick and the Angels – subsequently inspired everyone, especially because Nick soon made covers for a number of other songs by various other artists. The collection of these songs was later compiled by Dynamic Discs, Inc. under the name Before the Backstreet Boys 1989-1993 and released in October 2002.
At the age of 11, Nick attended auditions, including those of the Backstreet Boys, but didn’t make it to audition because his mother would prefer him to join Disney The Mickey Mouse Club, which would help him succeed during his school years. Moreso, Backstreet was new and didn’t have much to offer, while The Mickey Mouse Club offered him a $50,000 contract. Nick chose Backstreet, and it was certainly a wise decision as Disney was soon to dissolve The Mickey Mouse Club.
Backstreet Boys and Nick Carter’s Solo Career
At the time the group was formed, Nick was 13 years old and the youngest member of the group, which included AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson. The group became a sensation and recorded several albums, the latest being In a World Like This (2013). He began pursuing his solo ambitions while the group was still strong, and when the group decided to leave The Firm as their management company, he stayed on to build his solo career. The group continued without him while he recorded his solo albums, which were quite successful. His first solo album, Now Or Never (2002), peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200 charts and was awarded gold in the US and Canada with two hit singles Help Me and I Got You.
When he was still the next best thing after chocolate, Nick Carter made it to number 9 on People Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000. As if that wasn’t enough, he also beat Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake and became the “Sexiest Man in the World” of Cosmogirl magazine in 2002. In 2003, Carter began work on his second album, I’m Taking Off, but had a lot of delays due to his renewed collaboration with the Backstreet Boys and finally finished it and released it in 2011.
In 2014 he played a duet with Jordan Knight called Nick & Knight. The duet was a hit and debuted at number 24 on the US Billboard 200 and number 14 in Canada.
In addition to music, Nick Carter also ventured into acting when he appeared alongside Kevin Zegers in the ABC Family Halloween special The Hollow (2004), and in 2006 the television show House of Carters with Carter and the reunion of his family celebrated its premiere. Other television shows he has appeared on include 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, to name a few.
Since Nick has been involved in music and acting since the 1990s, he is expected to have earned a fortune in show business. A large part of his income comes from selling his albums, his acting career, and his dance career. As a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and producer, Nick Carter’s net worth is estimated at a whopping $35 million.
Nick Carter’s Wife
He may be a fine specimen, but he is taken. Excuse me, ladies! But before he took the journey into marriage, he had quite an interesting love life. In 2003, Nick was dating model and society lady, Paris Hilton. After the separation, he said she was a bad influence on him and was like a catalyst for his bad habits and worst urges.
In 2009, Nick met fitness trainer Lauren Kitt after they were introduced at a movie night at Nick’s house. The night seemed to be their perfect timing as they watched shooting stars together, which was the only sign they needed. They started dating and soon became an important part of each other’s lives. Nick said that during the tour he realized that he couldn’t live without her, so he decided to take the next step by going the old-fashioned way and getting her father’s approval before buying a ring. To make it even more special, he had a diamond that she loved made into a ring for the proposal that took place in 2013 on an island with Lauren’s father and Nick’s best friend as witnesses.
The wedding took place in April 2014 in an intimate ceremony that took place at sunset at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California. There were over 100 guests present, who were really close friends, family, and bandmates of the Backstreet Boys. The official ceremony was followed by a reception in the ballroom with good food and lots of dancing. The two welcomed their first child together, a son, on April 19, 2016, with home birth and named him Odin Reign Carter.
Lauren Kitt is not only a fitness trainer but also an actress and part-time producer. In 2010 she worked on a short film called The Pendant. She appeared as an instructor for boot camps in the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from 2013.
Family – Brother, Sister
Carter may be the first child that his parents had together, but he is certainly not the last. His parents Jane Elizabeth Schneck and Robert Gene Carter had four more children after him. Bobbie Jean, born January 12, 1982, Leslie, born June 6, 1986, and twins Aaron and Angel, born December 7, 1987. Leslie, however, died on January 12, 1982. Carter also has a half-sister, Ginger Carter, from his father’s previous marriage.
His parents divorced in 2003 and his father remarried a Ginger R. Elrod in 2005, with whom he had another son, Kaden Brent. So now he has a total of 5 siblings.
It’s no news that Carter and his younger brother Aaron have not been in the best of health since the first season of their family television show House of Carters. Apparently Aaron took offense at a scene in which Nick and his friends made fun of him since then the relationship between the two has remained rocky, although Nick has made some efforts at reconciliation, all of which have proven to be in vain.
Height and Other Facts About Nick Carter
Birth Name: Nickolas Gene Carter
Date of Birth: January 28, 1980
Birth City: Jamestown, New York
Birth Sign: Aquarius
Height: : 6′ 0″ (183 cm)
Weight: t: 72 kg (159 pounds)
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Lauren Kitt (m. 2014)
Children: 1 (Odin Reign Carter)
Net Worth: $35 million