Clay Aiken appeared on ‘The View’ on Wednesday (June 2), where the singer said that he didn’t reveal he was gay when rising to fame in 2003 on the second season of ‘American Idol’ because he wasn’t sure of his sexual preference. “I probably didn’t quite realize then, at the time, what was going on,” Aiken said. “There’s a lot of stuff in the industry, in the media industry, there’s pressure from different sides. I think you have to learn to love yourself first and then when you do that you’re ready.” Clay revealed he was gay in September 2008 for a People magazine cover story.
Watch his ‘Unchained Melody’ performance on the ABC program via YouTube below the cut (an exit interview with Clay and Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s has since been removed).