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Clay Aiken has been asked repeatedly about his sexual oriention since he rose to fame on American Idol in 2003. See how his answers have evolved:"One thing Ive found of people in the public eye, either youre a womanizer or youve got to be gay. ... Since Im neither of those, people are completely concerned about me." to Rolling Stone in July 2003"I don't understand why you want to know.
I don't understand why it's any of your business.
At some point, [the question] becomes just really rude, you know?" on Good Morning America in September 2006"What do you say (to that question)? ... It's like when I was 8. I remember something would get broken in the house, and Mom and Dad would call me in and say, 'Did you do this?' Well, it didn't matter what I said. The only thing they would believe was yes. ... People are going to believe what they want." to People in September 2006"I just dont have an interest in ... any of that at a...
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Clay Aiken first came out to his mother four years ago, the American Idol runner-up tells People magazine in the interview in which he announces he's gay.The singer, a born-again Christian, and his mom, Faye, had just dropped off his younger brother Brett, who was being deployed to Iraq, at Camp Lejeune. "I started crying in the car," says Aiken, who returned last week to Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway. "It was dark. I was sitting there, thinking to myself. I don't know why I started thinking about it... I just started bawling. She made me pull over the car and it just came out."His mom started crying as well. "She was obviously somewhat stunned. But she was very supportive and very comforting," Aiken says. "She still struggles with things quite a bit, but she's come a long way."Aiken decided to come out following the Aug. 8 birth of his son, Parker, who was conceived via in vitro fertilization with his best friend, music producer Jaymes Foster. Aiken got some well-wishes, mean...
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Following years of public speculation, Clay Aiken will publicly acknowledge that he is gay in a new issue of People.The former American Idol contestant will announce his news in Wednesday's issue with a cover story that reads, "Yes, I'm Gay," across a photo of Aiken and his infant son. "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things," the subhead reads, according to a photo of the magazine cover on PerezHilton.com. In August, the singer's friend and music producer Jaymes Foster, gave birth to a baby that Aiken fathered. Aiken, who's currently starring in Spamalot on Broadway, has evaded questions about his sexuality for years. The timing of Aiken's reveal seems like a more surprising aspect of the new mag's cover than the news itself. What do you think of this confession? Anna DimondRelated: Aiken Describes Coming Out to Family Remember Clay, back in the day? Check out clips of Aiken with our Online Video Guide.
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So much for paternity leave!New dad Clay Aiken has a new gig lined up and this one is quite familiar to him. The former American Idol finalist will reprise the role of Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway, Access Hollywood confirms."Since leaving Spamalot in May, jokes have just not been funny. Food has lost its taste. The grass is no longer green the sky no longer blue. And, babies won't stop crying!! I'm so excited about coming back to the funniest show in the world!" Aiken said in a statement.The 29-year-old, who welcomed son Parker with best friend Jaymes Foster, 50, on Aug. 8, made his Broadway debut in January. He is new run will go from Sept. 19-Jan. 4. Joyce Eng
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Its a boy for Clay Aiken!The Season 2 American Idol runner-up and longtime friend, record producer Jaymes Foster, welcomed a son Friday morning in North Carolina, he announced on his official Web site. "HE'S HERE!" the proud papa wrote. "My dear friend, Jaymes, and I are so excited to announce the birth of Parker Foster Aiken (No hyphens. One first name. One middle name. One last name.)"Parker arrived at 8:08 a.m. and don't think the repeated digit sequence is lost on the crooner."Wow ... 8:08 ... 08/08/08," Aiken wrote. The tyke tipped the scales at 6 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 19 in. long."The little man is healthy, happy, and as loud as his daddy. Mama Jaymes is doing quite well also," Aiken said. "The Aiken family, the Foster family, and the Parker family are all thrilled."He promised, "We'll share more at some point in the future. Love to you all!"The birth was first confirmed by the singer's mother, Faye, who shared the joyous news with Raleigh, N.C. TV station WRAL....
By now you've probably heard that former Idol alum, Clay Aiken, is donating his sperm and impregnated his dear friend and producer Jaymes Foster (the sister of record mogul David Foster). Despite the news coming completely out of left field, Aiken's fans seem to have banded together to stand up and express what a good father they believe the singer will be to the child.
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Coming soon to Broadway: Clay Aiken in Sperm-a-Lot!Jokes aside, the Season 2 American Idol runner-up is soon going to be a proud papa, according to TMZ.The gossip site reports that that record producer Jaymes Foster is pregnant via artificial insemination with the 29-year-old pop/Broadway singer's child. Before mothering his child, Foster, a friend with whom Aiken lives when he's in L.A., produced several of Aiken's albums. Foster, reportedly in her late 40s, is due in August, and although no official comment has been made by Aiken's rep, it's said the singer will take an active role in raising the child.What do you make of all this? Is Foster just trying nab some talented DNA? Adam Bryant
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Our favorite gray-haired, funky-dancing, soulful-singing American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will join the Broadway cast of Grease on June 6, reports the AP. You'd think the former Idol, who's been missing in action since losing his deal with J Records after selling a respectable 702K albums, would go after a part like sexy Danny Zuko or troublemaker Kenickie. But, no, this Idol winner wants to be your Teen Angel, and plans to add his trademark soulful sound to his version of "Beauty School Dropout."Hicks joins a growing list of former Idols who have joined Broadway shows, including Fantasia (The Color Purple), Clay Aiken (Spamalot), Tamyra Gray (Rent) and more. Hicks considers his debut "the opportunity of a lifetime," and a great way to season his skills as a performer. And coming up this summer, Hicks will be finishing up his second album where he "had creative freedom and the time to write some of the best music that I've ever writen." And even though he's sans record deal, he add...
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Well, not exactly. Extra has the scoop that American Idol alum Clay Aiken no longer watches American Idol. "It's just not the same thing," Aiken says. "It's like going back to your high school and none of your teachers are there. It's just completely different."Well, yeah. Time marches on, Clay. To everything, turn, turn, turn. What exactly does he think has changed? "I feel like the show was very innocent for a while when I was on it, and I absolutely thank God for it... it's just not the same show," he said. (Incidentally, I'm guessing that might be how a lot of people would describe Clay, too.) "It's not that I have an aversion to it. It's just, 'Eh, next.'"What's next, you ask? Well, it just so happens that On My Way Here, Aiken's new album, is in stores now. What a kooky coincidence. Mickey O'Connor
Millions of Claymates were beside themselves this morning when Idol's second season runner-up, Clay Aiken, debuted his new song "Coming Back for More" on GMA. It's amazing how a former Idol contestant who didnt even win can still drum up hordes and hordes of fans after more than five years. Sure is a lot more than you can say for whats-his-face who actually won Season 2. Gina DiNunno