Even if you didn’t spent junior year of high school blasting Leslie Carter‘s “Like Wow!” while driving all your friends to Dairy Queen (we know it wasn’t just us), the singer’s death at 25 due to a reported prescription drug overdose is nothing short of a tragedy. Equally tragic, however, is the implied family drama involving the rest of the House of Carters clan. “I wanted to be at my sister’s funeral, but my family has always had a complicated dynamic,” older brother and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter reported to TMZ. The singer declined to give more details about his statement, which just makes it seem even sadder, if you ask us.
While Leslie was laid to rest in Upstate New York on Sunday, Nick instead opted to go through with a scheduled performance at iHeart Performance Studio in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Added Carter, “There are so many emotions for me surrounding the loss of my sister. I am trying to stay healthy, positive, and focused.” Sounds like we’re going to have to go find Leslie’s single in our childhood closet and take a ride in the ol’ Toyota Corolla again. If we remember correctly, her song was excellent bubblegum pop, which is exactly what we need right about now.