Nick Carter: Why Paris and I Split
07/28/2004 AT 03:00 PM EDT
How they met: "We met through her bodyguard, who was a friend of mine. He called me up and was like, 'Hey, she wants to meet you.'"
What led to the breakup: "Our relationship totally was based on distrust. She didn't trust me. I didn't trust her."
What happened July 22: "We both got on the phone, had a discussion and agreed we couldn't do this anymore."
Hilton's rep's assertion that the heiress broke it off: "Obviously, that's the way they're going to try to make it look. (The breakup) is mutual."
Reports they cheated on each other: "The only comment I'm going to have to that is that I'm loyal to those who are loyal to me."
Getting linked by ink: "We got tattoos together three weeks ago." (Carter got "Paris" imprinted on his wrist. He won't divulge Hilton's tattoo.)
Regrets about tattooing: "No, (I don't regret it) because I love her. She'll have a place in my heart, always."
Getting over it: "I've got a lot of work to do. I just want everybody to know that I'm single and ready to have fun again. I'm a wild and crazy guy.
"If someone comes along and sweeps me off my feet," adds Carter, "then I'll be loyal again."