"There was this misconception that I was not out. I was in %E2%80%98Spamalot%E2%80%99 and everyone knew, but I don%E2%80%99t necessarily want to sit at a table with strangers and tell them. When you come out, you do it with people you are comfortable with. I definitely do see the liberation and understand the rationalization of people wanting me to be out. On the other hand, I wouldn%E2%80%99t say that coming out has made me happier because that implies I was not happy before and I was."\
Clay Aiken, who''s in the middle of his Tried and True Tour, takes the Jonathan Knight approach to celebrity''s coming out: just because he didn''t announce it doesn''t mean he was in the closet. Uh huh
I HATE American Idol and was sick of hearing this guy''s name, but I was one of the people constantly barking at people when they kept hounding him about coming out.\
I''m a gay guy and know what it''s like being in the closet as much as I do about being out and proud now. I think they way they hounded this guy was loathsome and despicable. I think anyone has a right to remain as quiet about their personal and sex life as they want as long as they aren''t criticizing others about their own, which he wasn''t.\
It wouldn''t do the gay community, especially here on DL to just leave the man alone and of course, he finally just admitted what everyone ALREADY knew. Meanwhile, people like Anderson Cooper seem to get a pass, (well, except lately people are finally coming out and calling him out as the closeted fake he is.).\
I''ve never listened to one of Aiken''s songs but I wish him well, seems like a nice kid and I hope he reaches megafame status.
Plus, R1, his money & fame helps him get some hot pieces of ass - ass he would never otherwise get.
His record label just DROPPED him. He NEEDS headlines.\
Whiney crybaby bitch bottom slut.
I sat near him one night as he was dining with his then boyfriend and Rosie O''Donnell.\
That cleared up any doubts that I might have had. Tho I never did.
He was hounded by his own nutty fans on this issue. They kept posting things like, "I''ll never stop beleiving Clay''s 100% straight and still looking for the right girl, no matter how much my family and friends laugh at me." He pandered to them as long as he could, but they got louder and louder, accusing the press of "making up lies" about his sexuality and organizing hate mail attacks. I guess he felt like he had to fall on his sword to put an end to it. I wouldn''t want all those weirdos chasing me either!
he''s a douche.
How are his fan girls reacting now?
Clay couldn''t hide he was gay. The gay rumors began as soon as he stepped on the American Idol audition stage. So as someone who was not ready to come out he was in a difficult spot. There are a ton of gay people who are there to scream he needs to come out yet when he does they walk away, they don''t want to support him in any way, they will chime in on occasion to throw some nasty his way. His rumored homosexuality is why he lost because there was a dedicated heterosexual effort to vote AGAINST him. Every rumored gay contestant who has gone far in the competition like Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken has done better than their heterosexual counterparts because they had fans rooting for them while their heterosexual counterparts were the beneficiaries of negative voting.
Clay Aiken, who''s in the middle of his Tried and True Tour, takes the Jonathan Knight approach to celebrity''s coming out: just because he didn''t announce it doesn''t mean he was in the closet. Uh huh\
That would also be the Portia Di Rossi method until she bagged the big one (Ellen).
"Clay Aiken, who''s in the middle of his Tried and True Tour, takes the Jonathan Knight approach to celebrity''s coming out: just because he didn''t announce it doesn''t mean he was in the closet. Uh huh"%0D\
But Jonathan didn''t lie and say he was straight, which is what Clay did. R9, Portia didn''t lie either.%0D\
"I think anyone has a right to remain as quiet about their personal and sex life as they want as long as they aren''t criticizing others about their own, which he wasn''t"%0D\
People have the right to remain quiet...but they don''t have the right to force others to lie for them. If they media wants to print that someone is gay, they have the right to do so. It''s called freedom of the press. He wasn''t remaining quiet, anyway, he lied and said he wasn''t gay. Lying and remaining quiet are two different things.%0D\
How are the Claymates doing? Did any commit suicide?
Not to my knowledge, but some wanted to sue him.
He was basically outed months before he came out when Rosie O''Donnell outed him herself in the blow-up with Kelly Ripa.\
O''Donnell said "If that had been a straight man . . ."
He was outed when he pissed off one of his tricks, who made the details of the evening public and tabloid-worthy. At that point some of his other hook-ups started spilling, eventually leaking nude webcam pictures to the tabloids.
Sorry R14 but all of that is rumor that he said was lies about him. when he said those stories in the tabloids were lies he meant the hook-up claims by that crazed gay fan and there were no naked web-cams. That is a myth. All you have to do is think of the gorgeous hunks he dates compared to the trolls who would like you to think he hooked up and use your common sense. He doesn''t and didn''t need to give those losers the time of day. \
He only denied being gay one time and never again. After that one time, right after season 2 in 2003, he regretted denying it and avoided answering, but he never lied. \
He never ever said one bad thing about any LGBT and even while in the closet he supported and participated in benefits for AIDS relief including Broadway Cares, The Rosalind Carter Foundation and Elton John''s AIDS foundation. \
Since he came out 2 years ago he is an activist and an advocate for many gay causes, particularly for kids. GLSEN, "We Give A Damn" and for gay perents with The Family Equality Council.
Give it a rest, r15; you''re probably one of the Claymates who complied a lengthy list of "all the times Clay denied being gay."%0D\
If you still think the tabloid web-cams were not of Clay Aiken, face excluded only because he was standing in front of his ubiquitous lap-top, you remain in denial of his activities. How do you think he found his latest?%0D\
His latest is a friend of his drummer.
R15 & 17 are really funny. They are big put-ons as Claymate impersonators. Great job!
The whole ''being dragged out'' ordeal just reinforces the idea that it''s shameful. And it made the accusers look like bullies.
R6 is right. He was already lawyered up while he was competing, looking to break the contract he just signed. He is only out now because he''s desperate for publicity.
R20, he was smart to get his own lawyer, the one the show provides them had a conflict of interest. How did coming out 2.5 years ago and losing 90% of his fans = getting publicity?
No one put a gun to his head and made him sign the contract. Seperate from the show he''s an oddity and a novelty act.
Clay isn''t odd, its the haters who are fucked up. If they just gave him a break like any other guy he''d be fine.
"How did coming out 2.5 years ago and losing 90% of his fans = getting publicity?"\
How do we know he lost 90% of his fans after coming out?
R20, how can coming out publicity help anyone''s singing career???\
With coming out publicity more heterosexuals will buy his music and attend concerts? He doesn''t need heterosexuals because gays (only 5-7% of population!) will spend more money on him? \
Something else? \
He''s right. Any celebrity that comes out instantly because Gay so and so... instead of so and so who happens to be gay.
He probably thought the baby would win back some fans. Now he has to pay a small fortune in nannies for the next fifteen years.
R1 nailed it 100%. %0D\
I think it''s really disgusting that two people in particular mocked his gay lifestyle: Kelly Ripa and Kathy Griffin.%0D\
I don''t consider Ripa a homophobe in any way, but I will always call bullshit on her "Germaphobe" excuse. (there are videos on the web of her putting her hand over Reege''s mouth, licking her shoes, etc) She was pissed because Aiken put his hand over her mouth because she wouldn''t shut up (as usual), so she went for the nastiest insult possible to humiliate him. Rosie called her out on it, and she had to backtrack.%0D\
And Griffin calling him "Gayken" smacked of ignorance, coming from an alleged friend of the gays. Her excuse was that he was hiding in the closet, and she felt it was her duty to mock him.%0D\
Both of these ladies, meanwhile, have had no problem putting on the bullshit act around Anderson Cooper. Particularly Griffin, who is a flat out hypocrite piling on the Rock Hudson-esque shit.
He was rude and crude to put his hand over her mouth. I would never have reacted like Kelly Ripa though. I wouldn''t say a single word but he would be on his way to the dentist in ten seconds.
Yes, Griffin is indeed a hypocrite of the lowest order when it comes to Anderson Cooper.
R. Seacrest, heterosexual
I don''t blame Kelly for not wanting CA putting his hand on her mouth, or anyone for that matter. What is Clay, a six year old? Use your words, clay.\
I agree there seems to be a double standard for AC- no surprise there, he is beloved, American Royalty.
I love you, R11.
But Kelly Ripa has let other celebrities put their hands over her mouth and didn''t object at all. %0D\
Also, [r17], are you talking about Reed Kelly? He and Clay broke up last summer and Reed is in a relationship with someone else now. %0D\
"He probably thought the baby would win back some fans. Now he has to pay a small fortune in nannies for the next fifteen years."\
Baby''s mother is rich. \
Yes, women love fathers and babies, but being openly gay singer is bad for business.
Who, R33, AC? Anderson is special, I agree. Anderson can put his hand over my mouth anytime he pleases.\
Kelly does not like that nasty white trash closet case, yuc having his hand in her face. Can''t blame a girl. Blech.
Clay is a very involved Dad to his son. No nannies for him unless he has to work, like any other parent.
Watch it now someone is going to complain that he shouldn''t work.
Involved dad hasn''t seen the kid in three weeks.
Kinda wish Clay would elucidate on how things are like over where he is from in the Bible Belt when it comes to being a homosexual lady or gentleman. \
Be nice. \
Might be asking for to much at this point but it would be nice. \
Prior to Larry King packing it in, he had an eppy about the school bullying. Wanda Sykes was on it, Kathy Griffin, and Lance Bass was on it for a bit. Lance Bass tried to speak of how things are like in the Bible Belt with issues of homosexuality and he is the only one I know of off hand who has done it asides from that one country singer whose name eludes me at this moment.
Clay talked about it on Good Morning America, The Advocate, before Congress on behalf of GLSEN, at the HRC convention in 2009 and in various blogs and interviews since then. \
Clay has also numerous PSAs for the Give a Damn campaign.
R38, it is a 50/50 shared custody agreement with the baby''s mom. Clay didn''t do like Ricky Martin, Neil Patrick Harris and MJ by hiring a surrogate who hands over the baby at birth and disappears. Clay and Jaymes are co-parenting Parker and they are equal parents in all ways so if Parker wasn''t with Clay, he was with mommy.
Any pics of Mom out there?
If everyone in Spamalot knew, he was out by real person standards (i.e. people he was around everyday knew) but not by celebrity standards.
r33, the operative word in your first sentence is, of course, "LET."%0D\
r15, "rumor that he said was lies about him...." And Clay is the epitome of credible.%0D\
r51, you talk out of your arse. You are no more privy to Clay''s child-rearing arrangements than the next stranger. And no, "Clay said so" is not "proof."
R45, "let" only after the fact, as in didn''t throw a hissy fit. No-one asked permission first. \
R46, "Clay said so" is the most credible proof of all. He knows his own life better than you or any other hater does.
Clay looked ridiculous in his first interview with Diane Sawyer when he denied being gay and then laughed that silly laugh. He then criticized Sawyer for asking him if he was gay, yet a year later he went back to her and revealed he WAS gay!
R48, Clay, Diane Sawyer and her husband, Mike Nichols, are friends in real life. Watch the interview again, knowing that there was no friction and the question wasn''t a surprise.
Mike Nichols, the director of Spamalot on Broadway said on Playbill.\
%E2%80%9CClay Aiken is amazing beyond that glorious voice. Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master of character,%E2%80%9D said director Mike Nichols in a release. %E2%80%9CPeople will be surprised by his wide ranging talent, since the first impression is of great country charm and a singer to remember. This guy is not only a star, he is a lot more. We are lucky to get him for Spamalot.%E2%80%9D
R49, why did Clay laugh nervously at the question?
R51, He probably couldn''t believe she was asking him on the air when she already knew. He did say he understood that she had a job to do but didn''t understand why it was anybody''s business.
Can anyone find a link to the interview? I searched on Youtube but I couldn''t find it
Yeah, R38 and "involved dad" flies off to London to stay in luxury hotel with flava of the month leaving his two year old at home the week after Christmas during his custody period, probably leaving the kid with grandma.
Karma''s a bitch.
Clay, you''re PATHETIC! Trashy muff cabbage!
R57, if you aren''t Clay, you don''t know his custody arrangements and I KNOW you aren''t Clay so STFU. He often goes to London on business.
R60, you are such a Claymate. Business the week after baby''s second Christmas to go with generously endowed (to say the least) boytoy he spent the week before Christmas with and with whom bt''s friend said he was "obsessed"?
Why not, R61? If baby is away with Mom I don''t see why he can''t spend quality time mixing business with pleasure in London.
Clay Aiken Has ''No Desire'' to Record ''Any Time Soon'' -
His 6th album came out only 6 months ago. What''s the rush, R63?
It isn''t so much "the rush", r64, as it is a revelation of Clay''s complete lack of artisitc drive.
Clay is so humble its a detriment to himself. He is the opposite of a fame whore or a Kanye type.
A truly humble person does not mock others, whether a consensus is that they deserve it.
Not Humble and Neither is Clay
Here he is doing "Magic Changes'' from "Grease" in a Broadway tribute concert. I''d pay to hear him sing show tunes on Broadway and I''d bet a limited engagement would do just fine. Even the conductor turns around and has a look on his face like "Shit that boy can sing".
Stop trying to sell him Claymates.%0D\
Wow reply69, your a big old bundle of damaged goods aren''t ya?
Feel better now R70?%0D\
It doesn''t change the fact that Clay is an ass.%0D\
... He's fucking gay. Get over it.
Oh STFU Clay, we have Lambert now who is far more talented.
[quote]Oh STFU Clay, we have Lambert now who is far more talented.
Oh Lambert is just a big ole theater queen pretending to a rocker. The dyed black hair and finger nails. He's as much a rocker as Donny Osmond is. Lambert has had very little recording success and will headlining a revival of "Chess" on Broadway in fifteen...fourteen....
I would love to hear Adam do "One Night In Bangkok"!
I don't care if Lambert is a rocker or not, he's a very skilled singer and I enjoy his work. Lambert is considered far more contemporary than Clay, and has more critical acclaim. Clay is never going to make a pop comeback, but Adam might.
Love the criticism of Clay, who has made a career for himself, coming from cubicle dwellers who live in a sixth floor walk-up in Queens, and who use the internet for their only conversation and entertainment.
All I can say is "Wow" at this picture of him from 2008.