12th April, 2014 -
Nick Carter is head over heels in love.
In February, The Backstreet Boys star was expected to walk his younger sibling, Angel, down the aisle at her wedding to Corey Conrad at Newhall Mansion in Piru, California, on Saturday, but opted to celebrate his upcoming nuptials with fiancee Lauren Kitt in Las Vegas instead.
The Everybody hitmaker, 34, was noticeably absent from the ceremony, according to UsMagazine.com, 26-year-old Angel's twin brother, Aaron Carter, was on hand to escort her.
But, according to Angel Carter, there's no bad blood.
"I love my brother Nick. I wish him all the best," the former "House of Carters" star tells toofab in an exclusive statement. "We had a magical wedding weekend."
Angel and her new husband, Corey Conrad, tied the knot on Saturday at the gorgeous Newhall Mansion in Piru, California -- where Angel's twin brother Aaron Carter walked her down the aisle.
Aaron's rep, Steve Honig, declined to comment on Nick's absence but tells toofab, "Aaron was both overjoyed and honored to walk Angel down the aisle on her wedding day and be with his family on such a wonderful and important occasion."
It needs to be clarified who planned their event first -- and neither Aaron nor Angel's reps would say if Nick was even invited to the wedding. So far, Nick hasn't commented on the situation either.
The Carters have a reasonably turbulent history, though.
The family had a big falling out after the death of Leslie Carter, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 25 back in 2012.
Nick says his family blamed him for her death, adding that their relationship became "toxic."
"The communication is something that I'm still trying to work on to this day," he told Dr. Phil. "It's tough when you come from a background like that and an up-and-down roller-coaster home."
And while Aaron played an essential role in the ceremony, the twins' absent older brother had his bash in Las Vegas.
Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter celebrated his upcoming wedding to fiancée Lauren Kitt in style, with a shared lavish joint co-ed bachelor and bachelorette party alongside a group of 15 close friends renting a private room at Ghostbar nightclub at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, over the weekend (2/7-2/8.) Las Vegas Sun reports the celebrations began on Friday night and extended through early Sunday morning.
We drove to Vegas for our bachelor/bachelorette party with our friends Michael and Justin for the sake of an excellent ol' road trip adventure. It was so much fun listening to music, cracking each other up, and enjoying the open road.
Everyone was so excited to be in Vegas together, and emotions were high (in the best way possible!). There was so much joy in our group; it was the first of many traditions leading up to the wedding we celebrated. I'm glad we have that weekend on film to remember forever.
On Friday, February 7, the future Mr. and Mrs. Carter and their bridal party kicked off their first night in Sin City, partying at a VIP booth inside Moon Nightclub. When Moon's cocktail servers presented the dynamic group with a vibrant Ciroc bottle presentation, Carter proceeded to show off his playful side, grabbing glowsticks and twerking with the staff. The couple was photographed being affectionate, kissing, dancing with each other, and sharing some severe PDA on the dance floor throughout the evening.
My girls and I could not wait to let our hair down and have some fun, so we hit the craps table while the guys went to the spa. Some of the guys even asked if they could join us instead. Ha ha.
Nick and I had a fantastic hotel suite connected to the rest of our guests' rooms, which made it so much fun! We all felt like we were at camp!
On Saturday, February 8, Carter and his fellow friends spent the afternoon at Ghostbar Dayclub, the wild, over-the-top daytime bash. Arriving at a warm welcome from hundreds of screaming fans, the Backstreet Boy quickly threw on a pair of neon green sunglasses while posing for photos with high-energy partygoers before being blindfolded in the center of the room for an old-fashioned game of piñata. The crowd erupted a few strokes into the game, and Carter sprayed the hot spot with confetti as he smashed open the pink-and-white donkey-shaped piñata. Then, Carter and his friends returned to their VIP booth, where the jolly singer sported the top of the piñata on his head. Carter was all smiles when he spotted two cocktail servers wearing unicorn heads and capes, asking them to come over and take a photo with him. He later hopped on his Instagram account to post a picture of the fun-filled sight saying, "Check out these horse heads."
Later in the evening, Kitt and her girlfriends, including sister Alexandra, enjoyed dining an elaborate dinner at N9NE Steakhouse. The group ordered seafood, filets, caviar, and the restaurant's famed dessert, S'mores.
Kitt, who turned heads in a revealing white Jay Ahr dress with peek-a-boo cutouts and strappy nude sandal heels, showed off her 7-carat diamond engagement ring on the red carpet upon arrival to Ghostbar. Trying to complement his baby blues, Carter sported a spiffy sapphire blouse with his black suit and joined Kitt on the rug, gushing to tell onlookers how excited he was to marry Kitt and how he's been letting her take the lead on planning their big day.
And the lovebirds weren't shy of showing their affection for one another, with the Backstreet Boy seen giving his wife-to-be a big smooch on the cheek as they kicked off their celebration.
"Wedding planning is going fantastic, that's why I leave it up to her because I work, and I let her plan the wedding," said Carter. "It's been going well, though."
The Backstreet Boy also briefly mentioned to the Sun reporter that he's been filming an upcoming wedding-related reality TV show with VH1 that documents their entire wedding experience. Once inside the club, Ghostbar's cocktail waitresses came out with oversized scorecards that spelled out "Lauren" and "Nick" and presented the bachelor and bachelorette with a celebratory three-tier pink and black cake sported a blinged-out diamond-ring topper. Confidingly, Kitt's girlfriends, humorously placed plastic light-up diamond rings on their fingers while Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On it)" played over the sound system.
The couple looked at each other adoringly while Kitt hand-fed Carter cake before heading outside with Carter's two best men, Shadrick Ferrer and Chris Stensby, and the maid-of-honor, Alexandra Kitt, for a champagne toast overlooking the famed Las Vegas Strip 55 stories below.
Nick tweeted a photo of their celebrations at the Palms Hotel and Ghost Bar, where a group of about 15 friends joined the engaged couple.
"It's about to go down at @palms; just entered the room of ecstasy," wrote Nick alongside a snapshot of champagne and gift bags.
Carter is the last member of the Backstreet Boys to tie the knot.
On the drive home to Malibu Sunday morning, we stopped at Alien Jerky for road snacks and souvenirs. One of the things Nick and I love most about road trips is the fun, exciting places to stop at along the way. You never know what you'll find, and we love exploring whenever we get the chance!
The night before the wedding nuptials, the happy couple newlyweds, engaged in February 2013, held and hosted a rehearsal dinner on Friday night which looked to be Indian themed hosted other Fellow Backstreet Boy members such as A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough. One guest shared a sneak peek into the celebrations, which saw the men dressed in traditional colorful costumes and partying under red marquees.
Carter's bandmate A.J. McLean posted a photo on Instagram Friday while he was getting ready to head to the rehearsal dinner and captioned it with a sweet message to the couple.
"Chillin' at the house getting ready to head to the rehearsal dinner of the wedding most of u thought would never happen, but I'm so happy it is finally!" he wrote before the pre-wedding festivities. "Congrats to my little bro for growing up and finding love. So proud of u, bro. Love u both, @nickcarter and @laurenkitt."
Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough also attended the pre-wedding bash.
Inside Nick's Wedding!
As Long As You Love Me
Lauren Kitt & Nick Carter
April 12, 2014, Santa Barbara, California
Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter probably had a few "I want it that way" moments when planning his weekend wedding to fiancée Lauren Kitt. And by the looks of it, he got it!
He wanted it that way! So now all the Backstreet Boys are taken! Nick Carter has found "the one" and is now a married boy and officially off the market! The teenage hearts of many women are breaking as it's been announced that Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, who launched countless teen-girl crushes circa 2000,
got married over the weekend. However, Nick Carter says "I do" to Lauren Kitt with his Boys by his side, a source confirms to PEOPLE – and it's something the groom himself thought wouldn't happen.
The Backstreet Boy, 33, married fitness expert and actress Lauren Kitt, 29, in a breathtaking ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif., on April 12
That sound you heard in April 2014? Time marched on as Nick Carter, the youngest, blondest, and most teen-idolized Backstreet Boy, 34, married his fitness expert/instructor and actress fiancée Lauren Kitt, 30, in a romantic ceremony, rep Jack Ketsoyan of EMC Bowery tells In Touch exclusively. As a result, he became to millions of now-grown female fans as a Back-In-The-Day Boy.
Carter and his new bride Kitt wanted it that way as they married said their "I dos" in a picturesque ceremony at sunset on a bluff overlooking the ocean at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara on Saturday. Nick and Lauren shared handwritten vows in front of over 100. Much to our delight, the details of his romantic wedding are abundant - and yes, there were plenty of fellow Backstreet Boys in attendance.
Perhaps they, like Carter's fellow Backstreeters, had believed the singer when he told PEOPLE he'd never get married. And yet there he was a year later, standing before some 100 guests at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif., exchanging handwritten vows with fitness expert Kitt. (The pair, who dated for four years, chronicled their path to the alter in the VH1 reality series I Heart Nick Carter.)
Though marriage was not always a given for the groom. "I said I'd never get married," the 34-year-old told PEOPLE last year, but he made it official with a Southern California wedding to his fiancée, a fitness expert, and actress. "Go big or go home," he jokes.
While at one point it seemed the Backstreet Boys singer would never be ready to leap — having said that he would "never get married," but that certainly all changed when he met Lauren — it looked like Lauren was finally the girl to change his mind!
Only In Touch Weekly has the first official photos inside Nick Carter and fitness expert/actress Lauren Kitt's Santa Barbara Morroccon-inspired wedding!
"This is the best day of my life," Nick said to In Touch. "I'm so happy to marry my life's love."
And in the upcoming issue of In Touch, The kind-hearted, happily married couple ensured their fans could also enjoy an inside look at their emotional vows and all the celebration that followed by selling exclusive pictures of the event.
Meanwhile, the lovely bride had been gearing up for her big day. Last week, Kitt took to Instagram and shared a sweet, adorable throwback photo of her and her father from decades ago. "Next Saturday, the first man I ever loved will give me away to the love of my life @nickcarter. I love you, Dad. #nicknlowedding," she captioned the photo of her as a toddler feeding her father ice cream.
Lauren also shared another heart-warming snap of her and Nick cementing their love on a padlock bridge while in Germany. "Locked it up in Cologne #I❤NickCarter," she wrote.
If Kitt doesn't have a colorfully scrawled "Mrs. Carter" in a notebook, perhaps she doesn't deserve the honor...
OK, back to 2014.
The wedding took place as The pair walked down the aisle just over a year after Carter popped the big question to Kitt while on a small island in the Florida Keys. But Carter changed his mind after consulting fellow BSB member Dorough for input. "I asked Howie [for advice]. I was like, 'I love her, and I don't want to lose her.' And he was like, 'Just do it!'"
The pair got engaged last February 2013 when Carter, 34, proposed to his girlfriend of four years. The chart-topping singer picked out a — with a giant, seven-carat pear-shaped diamond ring! — and popped the question during a romantic boat ride getaway after sailing to a nearby secluded, remote island for a romantic moment in the Florida Keys after holding the ring in his pocket for two weeks. The boy-bander hinted at the proposal on his Instagram, posting a photo with his gal and the cryptic caption, "Big question...great answer."
Kitt herself also posted a photo at the time of the couple's serene location, where the engagement went down.
"A little island all to ourselves! #KeysLife," she captioned the pic two days before Carter asked her to marry him.
Nick admitted that the process was very stressful at the time, as he said, "I was like, 'I don't want [the ring] anymore!' It was driving me insane. I wanted to get it out of my hands and onto hers."
"She said, 'Yes,' and I'm, like, 'I don't know what to do," he continued. "She said, 'You're supposed to put it on my finger.' So I did. I was in shock."
The fitness expert also shared her feelings about Nick's proposal, admitting that one of her first thoughts was fitting the wedding date around the Backstreet Boys' schedule.
"I wasn't expecting it. It just felt very surreal. We both are just so happy in love right now and on cloud nine," she said. "Our first thought was, 'We need to contact the Backstreet Boys and find out when their schedule will permit."
Nick Carter, 34, and Lauren Kitt have revealed intimate pictures of the bash to InTouch magazine.
The publication reveals that the wedding - which took place in Santa Barbara - was 'Moroccan-inspired' and Lauren's stunning sexy strapless, mermaid-style white gown adorned with soft lace detailing cost $10,000.
The celebration started before Nick and Lauren's big day since Lauren gifted Nick with a white jeep as a wedding present last week.
Romantic setting: Nick happily turned the wedding planning over to Lauren, who envisioned a celebration she calls "organic elegance with a rustic twist." The couple selected a picturesque Santa Barbara resort with lush grounds and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean as the ceremony and reception venue. Guests, including fellow Backstreet Boys, took their seats on mismatched wooden chairs adorned with greenery arranged on a grassy lawn overlooking the ocean. The aisle featured clusters of candles housed in antique vintage wood lanterns alongside ivory flowers and succulents wrapped in burlap. A trellis fashioned out of birch branches and covered with white hydrangeas, roses, and violet orchids served as the altar in a lovely outdoor setting.
An eclectic soundtrack of familiar tunes – including the signature songs from Star Wars, Twilight, and The Legend of Zelda video game – accompanied the processional. One of the most adorable details? Preceding the resplendent bride were bridesmaids wearing mismatched dresses, Ava, the daughter of Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean, who served as a pretty flower girl, and an eyewitness tells Us, "She was cute as a button." and the couple's two dogs. They carried the rings on bone-shaped pillows.
"Before I walked out, we played the Jaws title track to break the ice!" Lauren laughs. After this humorous prelude, she made her way down the aisle carrying a fragrant bouquet of anemones, all-white garden roses, peonies, herbs, hydrangeas, orchids, and moss, arranged by Petals LA. Lauren looked lovely and radiant in a fit-and-flare strapless white wedding gown featuring a lace sweetheart-neckline bodice, with a sweeping floor-length veil affixed to her dark hair pulled into an intricate braided chignon updo and diamond earrings and matching cuff bracelet. At the same time, the groom stood tall and looked classically dapper in a simple custom black tuxedo, white blouse, and black bow tie by Anthony Franco Designs which matched perfectly. "When I saw Lauren walking down the aisle, I thought, 'Wow, this is it, this is happening. I am so lucky,'" Nick reminisces.
"My wife, Lauren, surprised me with the band playing The Legend of Zelda theme [song] during our walk down the aisle," he tells The Knot. "That's how I knew she was the one for me. She geeks out over the same types of things I do. So, we are a perfect match."
Wiping away the tears: Just before sunset, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Nick Carter got choked up as he and his girlfriend of nearly six years, Lauren Kitt, exchanged handwritten vows in front of more than 100 guests underneath a gorgeous arbor of purple-and-white flowers. In newly released pictures of the ceremony, Nick's bride Lauren can be seen wiping away the tears as they say their vows to each, People reported. Carter's vows were equally sweet, read from a note card. A second insider tells Us Weekly that Carter became emotional as the singer shared his heartfelt message with his new wife, "Lauren reached out and put her hand on his chest." Even more, moving was when it was time to exchange rings, "Lauren held Nick's hand and dried tears from her eyes," the source added their touching messages. "As we're crying at each other and reciting vows, I know in my mind that everyone will be able to realize, 'That's some real intense love right there!'" Nick told In Touch Afterwards about the magical moment and admitted that he and his wife Lauren were emotionally overcome as they said their vows to one another. "Standing up there with her was surreal - I lost it," the Backstreet Boy tells In Touch of the romantic April 12 ceremony at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif., filmed for the couple's upcoming VH1 reality series, I Heart Nick Carter. "I can't help but smile," adds fitness trainer Lauren, 30, stunned in a gorgeous strapless $10,000 gown made by Israeli designer Inbal Dror. "Everything was perfect." Nick looks overcome with emotion and smiles after saying his vows as he places the wedding band on Lauren's finger during the ceremony. The feelings didn't stop flowing there. Exchanging handwritten vows in front of over 100 guests, Carter and Kitt share a passionate kiss several times after finally being pronounced husband and wife.
The newlyweds - whose 30-second the first kiss as a married couple "was so passionate, the peanut gallery yelled for them to get a room." says a guest - couldn't stop showing their love. Another eyewitness tells Us, "At the end of the ceremony, they shared the longest wedding kiss I've ever seen. A full minute later, they were still kissing. They seem crazy in love and thrilled to be married. You could feel the love bursting out of them."
Guests moved to an outdoor, Spanish-style courtyard illuminated with strings of old-fashioned light bulbs for a sit-down dinner. Long wooden tables boasted "runners" of floral arrangements, including Spanish moss, ivory garden roses, tulips, hyacinths, violet orchids, and succulents. "We also wanted the reception to smell as romantic as it looked," Lauren reveals, "so we had burlap napkins stuffed with lavender." Herbs, such as sage and rosemary, were also incorporated into the décor. The newlyweds sat in view of their guests beneath a floral arch at a table overflowing with blooms, succulents, and candles.
Heartfelt toasts given by Lauren's father and sister and all four of Nick's fellow bandmates from the Backstreet Boys invoked moments of love and reflection. "I'm the youngest [band member] and last to get married," Nick explains, "and I could feel how proud they are of me and the love they have for Lauren and me." Then, after cutting their elegant five-tiered vanilla cake, covered in fresh Thai orchids that matched the centerpieces by florist Petals LA, Lauren "licked every last drop of icing off him!" says a guest after smushing Nick's face. Finally, the newlyweds and their guests moved the celebration and hit the dance floor late into the night, located inside an adjacent ballroom awash in lavender lighting.
Steady there, Nick! after abstaining from sex for a month before the wedding, at one point, Carter put his head under his bride's dress and got frisky, removing Lauren's garter with his mouth while Lauren pretended to act shocked.
Though the reception wrapped at 11 PM, the party was still ongoing. A Moroccan-themed after-party, bright red and orange lighting, and hookahs kept guests celebrating until 2 AM. Lauren even changed into a flowing white gown embellished with gold, silver, and orange embroidery to complement the style of the celebration, which was inspired by their upcoming honeymoon to Morocco.
After a whirlwind evening filled with love, laughter, and nonstop dancing, Lauren's only regret is that she didn't take more photos with her guests. Nick, too, shares his new wife's enthusiasm for their perfect wedding day. "I was surprised by how emotional and freeing it was to become a husband," Nick says. "I wouldn't change anything except to make it last longer!"
From Backstreet Boy to Backstreet Man
Backstreet's back, alright!
When Nick Carter married Lauren Kitt on Saturday, over the weekend, his fellow Backstreet Boys band members were there to help celebrate his special day and support him.
Behind him, his band - AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson - had his back.
"These guys are my family," Nick says of bandmates Howie Dorough, a latter member of the wedding party, Kevin Richardson, A.J. McLean, and Brian Littrell.
"It was bittersweet," A.J. McLean, 36, told PEOPLE. "We're so, so proud of him. He's been through hell and back as we all have, once in our life here or there."
The Backstreet Boys were a dynamic boy band until the early to mid-2000s, when they took a hiatus. In 2009, Carter admitted to past drug use and alcohol addiction.
McLean added that Saturday's Santa Barbara wedding was "beautiful, rustic," and "minimal."
"And you know, we're all family. We're all brothers," he adds. "To see our baby brother finally make that big final step. Then, of course, the next step has kids. They just got married, so obviously, take your time."
"Enjoy your time together first," Brian Littrell, 39, added.
Later they all took to Twitter. Dorough: "Had a wonderful time yesterday seeing my friend Nick get married. So proud and happy for him and Lauren. Now on my way to go snowboarding.:)." Richardson: "I love you both."
Cameras were rolling on the ceremony yesterday. Eager fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous ceremony will have their chance. VH1 filmed Carter's entire wedding, including footage of the '90s boy band reunion, which will be made into a made-for-TV special later this year as part of an upcoming VH1 series called I 'Heart' Nick Carter. In addition, the couple has co-starred in a series of fitness webisodes called "Kitt Fitt.". We can't wait to watch it!
The guys from the Backstreet Boys had a big weekend. The night after the wedding, McLean joined bandmate Brian Littrell at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, where they accepted the golden popcorn on behalf of the boy band for Best Musical Moment, which took place during Seth Rogen and James Franco's summer hit, "This Is The End."
The Backstreet Boys crooner tweeted a simple message for the bride late Sunday, "Happiest day of my life 4-12-2014 I married my best friend and woman of my dreams. Lauren Kitt Carter, honeymoon time!" He followed up with a photo alongside his new bride, each flipping the bird, with the caption, "To all the haters that thought it wouldn't last...I LOVE Mrs. Carter! @laurenkitt #ilovemywife#ilovebeinghusband"
It was a very happy occasion for Nick, who lost his sister Leslie to an overdose in 2012.
Brother Misses Wedding
One significant person was missing from Nick Carter's wedding. Nick's parents, five siblings, and TV personalities, including Aaron and Angel Carter, were Noticeably absent among the 100 guests from the event.
"Aaron didn't blow anything off and would have been there –- it's a real bummer for him," Honig said. "He feels bad he missed the wedding."
Unfortunately, his younger brother and "House of Carters" costar Aaron Carter, 26, didn't make it to the gorgeous ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif., over the weekend – but not for lack of trying. Still, because of a prior commitment and plane troubles, flight delays, his rep tells PEOPLE.
"Aaron had signed a contractual obligation to appear in the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C., before Nick set his wedding date, and there was no sibling rivalry. However, even though he was obligated to fulfill his contract, Aaron still wanted to make the wedding," the celeb's rep Steve Honig tells E! News. "[We] realized there was a problem and figured out he could perform and get him to Santa Barbara so he would be there for the last two hours of the reception."
But unfortunately, the younger Carter's US Airways plane was ultimately grounded due to mechanical problems preventing him from making an appearance.
"There was a team of six people who worked to put together a plan to get him to Santa Barbara by the reception so he could at least participate in the celebration. Tickets were purchased, and the plan was in place. It was a major operation to get him there in time," adds Honig.
"Unfortunately, he was on his way when his US Airways plane experienced mechanical difficulties in Pittsburgh, and they became grounded there. So, he never made it. Aaron changed planes several times to get into Santa Barbara. He was legitimately busting his ass to make it to his brother's wedding. He felt awful and had every intention of being there. Aaron didn't blow anything off and would have been there – it's a real bummer for him. He feels bad he missed the wedding."
Aaron also posted a photo of himself stuck on the plane on Instagram with the caption, "Really pissed off that I missed my brother's wedding today. I hope he doesn't hate me... I tried to get there... I'm sorry, bro @nickcarter#technicalProblems."
But only some things went according to plan. "My family's always had a complicated dynamic," admits Nick, who shares that though he was supposed to have five groomsmen, his pop star brother Aaron texted him last minute that he couldn't make it. "At the end of the day, the people who love us wanted to be there, and that's what matters," Nick tells In Touch.
Although Aaron's rep insisted, he had a work engagement on the east coast. He had hoped to make the reception until a delayed flight made that impossible; Nick had skipped his sister Angel's wedding earlier this year.
Now he can't wait to start his own family with Lauren - after they get back from a mini honeymoon in the Florida Keys (with a more extended trip to Morocco planned for after BSB's U.S. tour ends this fall). "She's my lover and my best friend," Nick gushes. "She showed me that true love does exist."
Congrats to the happy couple!
It looks like Nick Carter's honeymoon is going swimmingly! Treating your new wife to a romantic boat trip seems like a perfect honeymoon activity.
The 34-year-old Backstreet Boys singer and his fitness expert wife, Lauren Kitt, have been enjoying newlywed life in the Florida Keys since jetted to the east coast after tying the knot in posh Santa Barbara, California, almost two weeks ago.
The couple also posed for a touching photograph and smiled, arriving in Florida in front of the private plane after flying via a private jet that flew them from California to Florida.
Before setting off, the happy couple posed happily together as they sat on board n the side of their appropriately decorated boat vessel, emblazoned with the words, 'Just Married, congratulations.'
In pics from their romantic getaway, the lovebirds, who bought a boat upon arrival, have been celebrating their marriage adventures on the high sea. Carter has been enjoying their vacation by fishing and even caught a large fish during one trip. Carter and Kitt were also spotted simply enjoying each other's company and cuddling while sitting on their boat and taking in the scenery.
But cheeky Backstreet Boy Nick Carter used it as an excuse to indulge in his other love of fishing - and ended up landing another catch of the day in the Florida Keys on Thursday.
His new wife, Lauren Kitt, was impressed when he showed her his whopper, which was several feet long and would have provided enough meat for at least a few meals.
Last week, Carter took a momentary break from enjoying his honeymoon to call out 'N Sync star Joey Fatone after Fatone dissed the Backstreet Boys. "Just disappointed. I liked joey..." Carter wrote last Friday.
He followed up with, "I'm proud of who we are and love what we stand for. Truthfully, it's about not letting our fans down. Sorry bro, but you have us all wrong," adding, "Now let me go back to enjoying my Honeymoon."
20th February, 2013 -
Lucky Lauren! No wonder she said yes after looking at that sparkler's size. Remember when he told you he'd never break your heart? Sorry, ladies who were in middle school in the late '90s: but Instead, he announced Friday that Nick Carter, the youngest of the Backstreet Boys, has found his fire, his one desire, and is officially off the market. He has shown his girlfriend the shape of his heart by formally putting a ring on it. One less boy bander is available to date now that So the 1990s heartthrob planned the perfect proposal for his girlfriend of over four years Lauren Kitt, on Feb. 20.
The Backstreet Boy singer, 33, is engaged to his 29-year-old now-fiancée the fitness expert/actress, after traveling by boat to a small secluded island in the Florida Keys to pop the question on during a recent trip to the Florida Keys, People magazine reports.
While on tour in Australia, separated from his love for the longest time since they met, Nick realized he couldn't live without her. In fact, in an interview with PEOPLE last year, Carter said that it was Dorough who helped him get up the nerve to propose to Kitt. "I asked Howie [for advice]. I was like, 'I love her, and I don't want to lose her.' And he was like, 'Just do it!'" After obtaining permission to propose from Lauren's father, Nick set off on a mission to design the perfect engagement ring. He sent Lauren to look at jewelry for her birthday with his business manager at XIV KARATS. A diamond on one necklace captivated Lauren, so Nick had the stone removed and set into a ring. "I love it because it looks like a Star Wars battleship," he explains. Nick purchased the rather garish seven-carat diamond ring from XIV KARATS, which appears to be a pear-shaped stone set in platinum.
"I had the ring in my pocket for two weeks," the Backstreet Boy tells PEOPLE exclusively of his engagement to fitness expert/actress Lauren Kitt.
"I was like, 'I don't want it anymore!' It was driving me insane. I wanted to get it out of my hands and onto hers."
For the momentous occasion, With the ring in his pocket, Nick, 33, took his fiancée Lauren, 29 – along with a few friends and Lauren's father – on a trip to the Florida Keys. He planned a romantic boat ride to a private secluded island in Key West Carter had spent time on as a child and chose to steer the boat himself – but things did not go as smoothly as expected. It wasn't all smooth sailing, though – the boat broke down several times, forcing the two (Nick and Lauren's dad) to stop to exert some elbow grease and tinker with the engine.
"My boat was in such bad condition because I hadn't used it for six years. The boat was barely running. It died, like, four times. It took me five days on my hands and knees, scraping up my body [to fix it,]" Carter says. "The engine wasn't complete yet, but we decided to go out."
But Despite the engine stalling a few times as they eventually set out to sea Wednesday, all was forgotten after They finally made it to the small island in the Florida Keys - which the couple now lovingly refers to as "Engagement Island" - and climbed a hill, where Carter surprised Kitt. In newly released photos, It was there that Lauren's father and Nick's best friend were on hand to witness the shirtless Nick smiling in the romantic pose, dropping to one knee, pulling out the seven-carat gigantic pear-shape center stone and baguette side stones diamond engagement ring, set on a thick band from XIV KARATS from his swim trunks and ask Lauren, whose brown hair is up in a bun and wearing a red bikini, to be his wife. "I got down on my knees and did that whole hoopla," he said. "She was like, 'Are you serious?' And started crying. Now we call it Engagement Island." Nick is reaching both hands upwards to clasp Lauren while she stands barefoot with her back to the camera. Not that Lauren has anything to worry about - she's a fitness expert with a body built like a female wrestler's shows off her perfectly toned arms, legs, and backside without embarrassment. Yet, Nick needed to figure out what to do after the proposal. "She said, 'Yes,' and I'm, like, 'I don't know what to do," Carter tells PEOPLE of the proposal. "She said, 'You're supposed to put it on my finger.' So, I did. I was in shock." The proposal came as a surprise to the bride-to-be as well. Kitt was equally as surprised and thrilled by the proposal and gave her future husband a big hug after accepting his proposal With the ocean in the background and their dog at their feet. "I wasn't expecting it. It just felt very surreal," explains a thrilled Kitt. "We are both so happy in love right now and on cloud nine." Good thing that Kitt is a fitness specialist and an actress who was maybe in talks to become a WWE Diva late last year. She tweets things like, "Working on building my abs and lower body. Later Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training...long day!" That's some heavy lifting.
The bride-to-be also showed off her seven-carat gigantic pear-shaped diamond engagement ring set on a thick band, and the XIV Karats ring sparkled in the sunlight.
Before the news was even released in the entertainment magazine, he hinted at the proposal on his Instagram account and Twitter page today. Carter's romantic plan worked, posting a photo showing himself with his fiancée Lauren Kitt, 29, and the cryptic caption, "Big question...great answer."
The 33-year-old boy-bander and his fiancée have been dating for four years, and he reportedly proposed with a 7-carat diamond ring (excellent work, Nick!).
Carter's wife-to-be also posted a photo of the couple's serene location, snapping a shot of the small island where the engagement seemingly went down.
"A little island all to ourselves! #KeysLife," she captioned the pic two days before Nick asked her to marry him.
Based on their smiling faces, the couple is overjoyed to be taking the next step in their relationship.
This will be Carter's first wedding. After the proposal, the "I'll Never Break Your Heart" singer tweeted, "So happy and excited for our future."
Now for the next big question: When is the wedding?
"It's not up to us. It's up to the schedule. We're excited and looking forward to the next chapter of our lives."
And while the couple is excited about their wedding, there are a few other people they must consult before planning their impending nuptials – the band.
"Our first thought was, 'We need to contact the Backstreet Boys and find out when their schedule will permit,'" Kitt says of wedding planning while the band works on a new album and prepares for their sold-out fan cruise scheduled in October to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
It'll be trickier than it sounds: Carter is set to reunite with his fellow Backstreet Boys to work on a new album this year.
Congratulations to the happy couple, Nick and Lauren, you two! We are glad you found "The One." We wish you many more years of happiness.
20th October, 2008 -
Unlike her famous husband, 31-year-old Lauren isn't involved in the entertainment industry — aside from the new reality show. A veterinary technician specialist, Lauren moved to Japan and later Paris in her early 20s to help train others. Upon landing in the States in her mid-20s, she experienced a quarter-life crisis.
Before I knew him, I was friends with his (Nick's) sister. She and another friend of ours had been trying to get us together for a long time, and one day, they set us up on a blind date. Nick and I met and talked for hours and hours and eventually fell in love.
Nick Carter never had to wonder what his family would think of his girlfriend, fitness expert, and actress Lauren Kitt after they began dating in 2009. That's because it was Nick's sister, Angel, and brother, Aaron, who intuitively knew the couple would enjoy each other's company and persuaded them to meet. Nick: My sister and family had been trying to introduce me to her. They knew Lauren before I did, and they all hung out. Lauren would always say, "No, I don't like the Backstreet Boys and pop stars and all that."
One time it came to fruition because she was like, "Fine, I'll meet him. Now leave me alone!" When Nick "grew up, " he met Lauren Kitt on a blind date in 2008, and everything turned around for him. "So I invited Lauren over, and we all hung out." Angel introduced the two at a movie night at Nick's house, where a sign from the heavens seemed to approve of the match. "We went out on the balcony, and all of a sudden, Three hours into conversing on my balcony overlooking the beach, these shooting stars came across the sky, and we saw shooting star after star," Nick remembers. "We were both looking at them simultaneously like, "That's trippy!" We both looked at each other, and it got quiet. I had to sing the national anthem for the baseball world series with the Backstreet Boys the next day, and I didn't want to leave her."
"When I first met Lauren, I was in a place where I wanted to stop any drinking and drugs," said Nick. (Nick realized he needed to change his life after being diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition called cardiomyopathy, which caused the early deaths of Andy Gibb and Chris Penn.) "I wanted to adopt a whole new lifestyle of fitness and health. And at the time — and they say this happens all the time — I didn't want a relationship. I didn't want to be in a relationship, and then suddenly... smacked right in my face."
Lauren: When I met Nick, I had a tough shell. I'm not open with strangers, I don't lay it all out there, and I have a small group of people I allow into my life, so I was shocked at how open and vulnerable he was. He had a power of vulnerability that was astonishing and admirable.
Nick: She was different, but you could tell she had gone through a lot in life, and that's what I shared with her. I've experienced so many other things, and she has had a tough life, too, with her family and upbringing. So it was like we spoke the same language.
It was always difficult for people to relate to me because I had been through so much, and whenever I met a girl before, I didn't have things to talk about because my life had been pretty extreme. But we shared a lot of similarities.
Kitt sometimes had it challenging. Like Carter, she had a rough past with her family, as her mother was in and out of jail. She was also overweight when she met Carter but figured out a great fitness routine that works for her, and she maintains a fantastic figure.
"And six years later, now I have someone I truly love and care about, want to be the best for, that I want to be alive for. I want to be healthy. I want to be there for (Lauren) and be accountable to her, so she has been my rock. We do fitness together, eat healthily, and play video games together. She's my best friend, so it's nice to have a best friend that is positive and a great influence."
What were your first impressions of each other?
Lauren: Initially, not knowing him, I thought he was arrogant. Come to find out; he was just shy. Because he didn't stand up to greet me, he was like, "Hey, what's up?" I needed to get to know him better. Once that happened, he was very loving, warm, vulnerable, and sweet.
Nick: I thought she was...
Lauren: Tall. [Laughs]
Nick: I thought she was tall and stunning, but I could tell she needed someone like me to come in, love, protect, and hold her. I just felt like she needed me.
What was your first date?
Nick: That was the first date - it was a cute little date night with my whole family. We watched the movie Big with Tom Hanks.
Nick was in the early stages of sobriety when you started dating. Did you see his struggle?
Lauren: Definitely. He was very steadfast in wanting to be sober. But, the people he'd surrounded himself with were hard for him to deal with because they were freeloaders and enablers. They were there to use and feed off him, so that was the biggest struggle I saw.
Nick, since you were still battling addiction when you started dating, how much did Lauren help you?
Nick: She helped support my sobriety and my well-being from that point. I had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, so I was trying to change my life. I had been sober for six months and told my brother and my sister, "I don't want to meet anyone because I'm trying to focus on changing my life right now, working out, and eating better." So that's why I didn't want to meet her.
Did you have a moment where you were like, 'She's the one'?
Nick: I loved being around her, didn't want to be away from her, and enjoyed our fun and bad times. When you want to spend every waking minute with them, they're the right one.
When did you know the other person was the one?
Nick: For me, I thought she was the one the minute that I met her. It was bizarre because ...
Lauren: Really? I never knew that.
Nick: Yeah, you were different. I don't know; I just felt an instant connection. I can't... It's like I just wanted to be around her. I liked her energy. I felt like she was powerful the minute I met her.
Lauren: It took me about three months to know that he was the one, and once I had that epiphany... He was out on tour. So I took my best friend to a tattoo shop and got his initials on my neck. And it was a surprise. Do you remember that? And you were freaking out ... because you couldn't find me, and I was getting a tattoo. It says NGC on the back of my neck.
What's the biggest thing you've learned from Lauren about love?
Nick: That true, real love is unconditional. I had always been searching for that real love, and it's hard to find in this business because many people will put on a face and tell you what you want to hear.
What are your favorite qualities about Lauren?
Nick: She's stubborn but very protective and has the biggest heart. She's a softie on the inside, and she loves immensely. But she's an extremist – when she loves something, she LOVES it to the point she's hard to be around! And I'm an attention seeker, so she gives me all the attention I need!
What I liked about her was that she had a powerful personality. I could be accountable to her and hide within one another. I felt protected, which was important because I was out there on my own and had run with so many bad people ... it had been challenging for me. I had to make a choice the minute I met her and say, "This is the person that I want to spend my life with, and I feel safe with her."
Lauren, what's the most significant thing Nick has instilled in you?
Lauren: That's easy – he has taught me how to be vulnerable. Funnily enough, he has gotten me in touch with my feminine side!
Lauren: Our relationship dynamic is funny. In many ways, he's the female, and I'm the male – he's very emotional and wants to talk about his feelings. He can't move on from certain things until his feelings have been addressed. I'm more of a male counterpart – I'm black-and-white; if the problem's over, let's move on. Nick's taught me to open up, be vulnerable, take chances, and be emotional.
What's the most surprising thing about Nick?
Lauren: Going back to him being vulnerable and emotional ... he's the most loving person I've met, and to me, that was odd because he didn't come from a background of lots of love, attention, support, and protection. So what he gives me sometimes surprises me and makes me think, "Wow, I'm the luckiest girl in the world."