Globe magazine has more details on ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken missing his father’s funeral and spoke with a friend of Vernon Grissom who says despite the singer’s efforts, there was no reconciliation before he died. “Clay tried all his life to forgive his dad and wanted very much for things to be better between them, but Vern never gave him a chance,” the friend revealed. “Clay was afraid of his temper, his anger, and violence, yet still reached out to him. But Vernon remained mean and difficult right up until the end. He broke Clay’s heart. I guess going to the funeral would have been too painful for him.”
Clay Aiken Chats With Detroit’s Mojo In The Morning
March 14, 2004 – Clay was on Mojo in the Morning on 95.5 FM in Detroit. Clay talked about his rabid fans, what he would be doing had he not made it through the ‘Idol’ auditions, how blessed he feels for making it through all the auditions, how he knew Ruben Studdard had won ahead of time, sharing the tour bus with Kelly Clarkson, and more. The interview has since been removed from channel955.com.
Clay Aiken Grants A Wish To Boston Area Child
March 11, 2004 – The Boston Herald reports Clay helped Make A Wish come true for 10-year-old Rockland gal Danielle George backstage at the Centrum, where he and fellow ‘Idol’ Kelly Clarkson performed on Monday (March 8).
Clay Aiken Accepts ‘Geek’ Label
March 10, 2004 – Ratethemusic.com reports Clay confesses that although he’s gone through a major style makeover, he’ll never be as cool as many of his entertainment business peers. “I can’t dance like Justin Timberlake, I can’t dress like Ashton Kutcher, I can’t do that type of thing,” Aiken admitted. “I can’t relate to that. They’re great to watch on TV but they’re not who people relate to. So to me, the term ‘geek’ doesn’t mean that I’m a geek, but I think that it’s just kind of a symbol of realness. The American Dream, I guess, is about normal people being successful.”