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Nick Carter Bares His Chest, Opens Up About Health Struggles

February 06, 2009 02:43:22 GMT

Currently weighing in at 167 lbs. after being diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition eight months ago, Nick Carter says his life is "awesome".


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Bulking up after being diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition eight months ago, Nick Carter has no hesitation to shed his clothes off and bare his chest for this week's issue of People. To the weekly publication he opens up about his health struggles after 10 years of battling with alcohol and drugs.

Nick was touring with his band Backstreet Boys in Europe last spring, when he suddenly experienced mild chest discomfort and fatigue. Undergoing medical tests, he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, which is described as a weakening of the heart muscle which can require a transplant or lead to sudden death.

The diagnosis then became Nick's turning point, leading him to live a healthier lifestyle. "I don't want to die," he said. "I don't want to be that person people read about and think, 'That's sad that he couldn't stop it and killed himself.'" From that time on, "I'm trying to make myself better. But I don't regret anything that I've gone through, because it makes me who I am." Currently weighing in at 167 lbs. and in great health, Nick describes his life as "awesome."

This week's issue of People, to which Nick opens up about his old habit of partying and clubbing, his girlfriend, and his home in Nashville, will go on sale on Friday, February 6.

Nick Carter has, on January 26, held an early bash at the Key Club in Hollywood to mark his 29th birthday. He was joined by fellow Backstreet Boys band members Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean during the party. He actually turned 29 years old on January 28.

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posted by Monica Christina on Jul 13, 2009
the now tomorrow the calling and Monica & Brian's wedding hard heart is on with the on backstreet Boys
posted by Ecka dorough smanes on May 09, 2009
Just here,take your life better! We all in lndonesia love u so much,don't make any mistake anymore.. We wanna see u health n keep smile inside. I pray to God for your recover
posted by Ecka cwte on May 09, 2009
Just here,take your life better! We all in lndonesia love u so much,don't make any mistake anymore.. We wanna see u health n keep smile inside. I pray to God for your recover
posted by Ecka cwte on May 09, 2009
Just here,take your life better! We all in lndonesia love u so much,don't make any mistake anymore.. We wanna see u health n keep smile inside. I pray to God for your recover
posted by myjiliu_christienne on Apr 05, 2009
nick's sick? gosh, that's really bad! i think he should really let go of the booze & the partying. honestly, he ain't getting any younger & he should start to take life seriously. he must take care of his health if he wanna live his life to the fullest as well as see all of his greatest aspirations come true. i hope nick will recover fast for i love him eversince i was in high school (to think that i am already 24... haha!)! love yah lots nick! xOXo christine :D
posted by jesusfreakhappyfeet on Mar 05, 2009
I was so sadden when I had found out that he coudl have died. I only pray that he gets better, and stays away from drugs.
posted by cristal thibault on Feb 25, 2009
i hope that nick gets back on his feet and stays away from the drinking and drugs i love you nick so much. you rock man you sexy man. i was crying when i found out that could have die.i love you soooo much
posted by Raks on Feb 09, 2009
i knew Nick was the only person who had the courage to undergo heavy hard work to better himself. That's the reason why i say his sibs are lucky to have him as deir bro, and dats why they are the 5 LUCKY STARS OF JANE!!!
posted by Monica Christina on Feb 08, 2009
the on with Monica & Brian's wedding on are her go joke around the EW there in are her in are year older pokes King of the on are engaged,
posted by amar on Feb 07, 2009
i also had a similar experience wid drugs but it only made me stronger.bless you nick you will be just fine! <ya fan always cheers!!
posted by azoreana on Feb 06, 2009
i hope he does quit the booze and the drugs i just hate for tmz to catch him off guard
posted by BSBfan on Feb 05, 2009
I can't believe Nick had heart trouble! Poor Nickolas :( I'm extremely glad he is doing so well now! <3 ya Nick!

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