Clay Aiken Explains Decision To Come Out & Prior Secrecy

Clay Aiken in a blue suit

is opening up about his decision to end the speculation about his sexuality and confirmed he is gay in an interview with People magazine. The ‘American Idol’ season two runner-up writes:

There are plenty of you who have anticipated this blog in hopes that I would “set the record straight” or “admit to lying for five years and apologize for it”. For that small group of people, I am afraid I will have to disappoint you. My decisions over the past five years have been made with lots of deliberation and at times even heartache. Always with concern for folks who might feel mislead. Don’t doubt that. But they have also been made as an attempt, not to hide my true self, but instead to allow myself the same liberties and rights that every single gay man and woman in the world should have… the right to determine for myself when I was ready to discuss my personal life. In as much as that, at times, was interpreted as misrepresentation, I feel badly. But I reserved that right for myself and I can’t say I regret it.

Check out the full post here.

Craig Ferguson On Clay Aiken Coming Out

September 27, 2008 – Craig Ferguson discussed Clay’s decision to reveal that he’s gay during his monologue on ‘The Late Late Show’ on Thursday night (September 25). Ferguson said, “I don’t know why people are surprised that Clay Aiken came out of the closet” before talking about some message board comments from Claymates about the news. Craig also touched on Lindsay Lohan’s rumored romance with Samantha Ronson.

The segment’s video, preceded by some political discussion, has since been removed at YouTube.

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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken Explains Decision To Come Out & Prior Secrecy

  1. mary says:

    I give the guy credit for standing up for who he is. Nice that his fans seem to be sticking by him.

  2. teresa says:

    Clay really is a class act.

  3. Pat says:

    Such a shame that Clay’s message to his fans has been made public, like everything he does. He is a man of class and integrity and his fans are still here. He deserves our respect, and he has it.

  4. Jean says:

    When will the media, and some others, realize that Clay was NOT the runner-up on AI2??? Someone who garnered 80 percent of the vote every single week (as two of the producers admitted) they were on the show does NOT ‘lose’ the finale; especially when their performance (and subsequent career) outshone the other contestant incredibly. I guess most of the people who still think Clay ‘lost’ to Ruben never tried to call in for tickets to a big-name performer’s concert via phone, only to hear: ‘Sorry, all lines are busy, please try again’ (over and over). THAT is what happened that night. Clay’s voting public crashed the lines.
    As to Clay’s ‘coming out’—good for him. I am sure his life will be so much easier now. Five years ago would NOT have been a good time for him to come out. Having Parker made Clay realize that this was the right time. Clay, you’re a class act all the way!

  5. Elsa says:

    Clay is a disgrace to Christianity! He lied to the public and they thought he was something he is not!

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