Aaron Carter’s girlfriend Melanie Martin put on a brave face as she celebrated their son Prince’s first birthday at Chuck E. Cheese, just weeks after the star’s tragic passing at age 34.
Melanie held her son tenderly in her arms as she celebrated the special occasion with her supportive family and friends in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Tuesday.
Aaron’s presence was felt throughout the evening with Melanie carrying a huge photo collage containing images of the late pop star and Prince’s birthday cake with a photo of his father as well.
Happy birthday Prince: Aaron Carter’s girlfriend Melanie Martin put on a brave face as she celebrated son Prince’s first birthday at Chuck E. Cheese in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, just weeks after the star’s tragic passing at age 34
Melanie doted on her baby as she carried him around the club with her attentive friends by her side.
The young mother beamed with joy as she sat next to her son on a miniature carousel.
The birthday boy also had the chance to meet Chuck E. Cheese and Melanie helped her little boy give the mascot a high five.
His supportive friends also showered the young man with love.
Remembering Aaron: Melanie also brought in a huge photo collage with pictures of her late boyfriend
Tragedy: Carter was found dead in his bathtub at his home in Lancaster, California on November 5 at the age of 34; pictured February 2022
Memories: Prince looked at the collage while in the arms of a loved one
Symbolic gesture: Martin at one point releases a bunch of balloons into the night sky
One of his friends kindly helped Prince take a picture inside a Chuck E. Cheese car while another carried Prince as they walked out.
Melanie walked beside her with the photo collage in her possession.
In a symbolic gesture, he also let a bunch of balloons float into the night sky.
Loving Mother: Prince was showered with love and affection from his mother
Aww: Prince was carried around the venue in his mother’s arms
Say hi! The young man even met Chuck E. Cheese and gave him a high five with the help of his mother
Melanie posted the video of the moment to her Instagram Stories, writing, “…we must be strong for our son.”
Melanie shared many moments from Prince’s birthday on her account, including photos of his birthday cake and celebration, along with video of a billboard in Times Square featuring Aaron and his son.
She admitted Prince’s birthday would be “tough” in light of her father’s death as she shared a photo montage of Aaron and Prince.
‘Happy birthday to my little boy Prince Lyric Carter… Today is going to be tough for me but I know your dad is playing birthday songs for you up in heaven love you baby!!!’ she captioned the post.
Showing their support: Martin’s friends and family gathered for the special occasion
Mourning: The birthday comes just weeks after the death of Prince’s father, Carter
Carter was found dead in his bathtub at his home in Lancaster, California on November 5 at the age of 34.
An official cause of death has yet to be determined, but police reportedly found several cans of compressed air and bottles of prescription pills at the scene.
Aaron was cremated and his death certificate revealed his ashes will be held by his twin sister, Angel Carter.
Aww: His supportive friends have also showered the young man with love
Birthday fun! Melanie beamed as she sat on a carousel with her son
Carter was discovered by his housekeeper, known only as Betty, who had been living at the house for three weeks. The woman had been homeless and Carter and his girlfriend Melanie asked to take care of the house after a friend’s mansion was broken into.
Carter said in an interview in August that he had been to rehab four times and had “finally done it right.” But he returned to an outpatient program the following month to address his “triggers.”
At the time of her death, Carter was living with Melanie.
Aww: The young birthday boy sat in a photo round
Tender Loving Care: A friend kindly took Prince outside while his mom strolled around with the collage in her possession
Neighbors described the relationship as stormy, saying they often heard the couple yelling at each other and the police were called at least three times.
A neighbor told DailyMail.com that Carter often locked Martin out of the house, leaving her banging on the door, yelling “let me in.”
The neighbor said another resident knocked on Carter’s door one day and Melanie answered it.
Celebrations: The group had gathered at a Chuck E. Cheese in Costa Mesa, California
She was asked if they could turn the music down. Melanie said she would pass the information on to Aaron. A few minutes later Aaron knocked on the neighbor’s door and started yelling at the neighbor, he called her “c**te ab***ch”.
Another person at the house told Aaron to leave their property. The police were called and Aaron tried to tell the police that the neighbor had attacked him. No arrests were made.
“Every neighbor has that ‘neighbor’ you’re dealing with, was that ‘neighbor’. the man said.
Melanie showed up at the house after the news of Carter’s death broke. She was seen sobbing and being consoled by Carter’s real estate agent, Christie Limpus-Hathaway.
Making Memories: Martin appeared in high spirits throughout the evening
She released a statement saying, “My boyfriend Aaron Carter has passed away. I love Aaron with all my heart and it will be a journey raising a fatherless child. Please respect my family’s privacy as we come to terms with the loss of someone whom we love dearly. We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.”
Earlier this year, Carter filed for custody of their son and a protection petition against Martin in Antelope Valley Courthouse in Los Angeles County.
In a court filing, he accused his ex of “emotional distress, angst, shoving and scratching” and said she used the threat of suicide to “emotionally” abuse him.
Melanie was seen moving her belongings out of Carter’s house last week.
The former child star had tried to sell the house, but it was taken off the market following his death.
Carter died without a will, meaning the state of will will decide who inherits his estate, it has been revealed.
Father-son: An image of the late pop star was prominently displayed on Prince’s birthday cake
Special Moments: Martin showed off the collage on his account, which included many memories from their time together
Staying strong: Martin shared video of her releasing balloons into the night sky, ostensibly as a tribute to her late boyfriend
“Today is going to be tough”: Melanie addressed Carter’s death in a photo montage to celebrate her son’s birthday
Paying tribute: Martin also shared video of a billboard in Times Square with Carter and his son