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Clay Aiken: People Don't Care About My Sexuality

Clay Aiken appeared recently on The Billy Bush Show and told Bush that the only people that care about the love lives of celebrities are the press.

AikenSaid Aiken: "People don't want to have that type of stuff pushed, people who are living in Omaha or in Charlotte or wherever. They don't want stuff like that pushed in their face. I don't think that's necessary and that's also not what I'm here for. I mean, I went on Idol to be a singer, I went on Idol to be an entertainer and that's what my priority is...I think when you get into anything and you're not used to people scrutinizing this, that or the other... it bothers you. After awhile you kind of just say, 'Forget this ... This is not who I am, this is not about me, what I want to do is be a singer, want to be an entertainer, and forget all that stuff.'"

Clay Aiken Talks Keeping Sexuality Private [access hollywood]

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  1. It's really sad that these people still just don't get it. No one's asking them to tell us who they are dating, screwing, what they do in bed. All they need to say is, "I'm gay and my private life is private." There's nothing to be ashamed of in being gay. And if Aiken loses a few cd sales over it, he should be happy not to sell songs to bigots.

    Jumping on the Jodie Foster/Anderson Cooper bandwagon is not an act of bravery in 2008. It's pathetic.

    Posted by: Nick | Apr 25, 2008 3:48:48 PM

  2. Clay was misquoted. What he actually said was, "The only people who give a shit about me are people who aren't having sex."

    Posted by: 24play | Apr 25, 2008 3:50:03 PM

  3. "They don't want stuff like that pushed in their face."

    Who taught him this bullshit?

    Posted by: Aman Chaudhary | Apr 25, 2008 3:52:49 PM

  4. While I agree with Clay on principle (and don't really ever want to think of him having sex with anyone... shudder), I think he needs to be more educated on how having a popular gay singer would help people around the world, not only gay people but straight people who need to learn more about what gay is.

    He's prolly waiting to reach that critical mass of success and money before he states the obvious.

    Posted by: junior | Apr 25, 2008 3:56:39 PM

  5. He's so well spoken. That was almost as difficult to read as that Beauty Pageant girl a while back.


    Posted by: InfiniteDomain | Apr 25, 2008 4:02:42 PM

  6. Self-loathing, thy name is Clay.

    Posted by: Dean | Apr 25, 2008 4:07:59 PM

  7. I think I feel bad for him. Maybe he's not ready to really come out to HIMSELF. Or his family or whomever. Sure, he's shrill but if I'd had people trying to get me to come out in worldwide media constantly when I wasn't ready to do it in my private life, that would have BITTEN.

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 25, 2008 4:08:00 PM

  8. what at terrible way to justify you pussiness. how long till he gets caught sleeping with a guy... again.

    Posted by: ryan | Apr 25, 2008 4:09:59 PM

  9. "I am what I am/ I am my own special creation..."

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Apr 25, 2008 4:17:03 PM

  10. Pathetic and freaky.

    The "Claymates" can have him. Even if he did come out, I'd say "Um...thanks...but that's okay. We've got enough folks on our team already!"

    Posted by: funbud | Apr 25, 2008 4:29:29 PM

  11. Actually, they totally want it pushed in their face, secretly. Who does Clay think buys the Enquirer? What he can't say is that he's afraid that after "that type of stuff" is pushed about him, they won't want to buy his records. He knows his audience, and they don't want to believe he's on Manhunt.

    That said, I can empathize with his bind. Cynthia Nixon (mentioned elsewhere on Towleroad today) gave an eloquent interview on ABC (I think?) where she talked about how, when the paparazzi were salivating at her doorstep after the gay rumors surfaced, she was reluctant to hand it all over to those lowlife pigs. (She put it better.) Now, when the press is less interested in her, she's grown as a person and can be forthcoming in a dignified way. So maybe there's hope for Clay? Maybe.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 25, 2008 4:33:01 PM

  12. That is the Log Cabinnette philosophy in a nut shell. I WILL NOT BE DEFINED BY MY SEXUALITY WHEN IT CONFLICTS WITH MY ARTISTRY/GREED.


    Posted by: chandler in lasvegas | Apr 25, 2008 4:36:18 PM

  13. Billy Bush has his own show? Isn't that a sign of the apocalypse?

    Posted by: daveynyc | Apr 25, 2008 4:46:50 PM

  14. What a sad, pathetic little boy.

    Posted by: K | Apr 25, 2008 4:48:27 PM

  15. Inching his way out of the closet...

    Posted by: anon | Apr 25, 2008 4:51:01 PM

  16. Whoever his publicist is should be fired: do you want your in-the-closet client be photographed choking a chicken?

    Posted by: David | Apr 25, 2008 4:54:30 PM

  17. "Clay Aiken appeared recently on The Billy Bush Show and told Bush that the only people that care about the love lives of celebrities are the press."

    The press and the gays who want to screw him. Everyone else does not give a crap.

    Posted by: Carrie | Apr 25, 2008 5:13:04 PM

  18. You're half-right, Carrie.

    The people who DON'T want to know are the sad 'Claymates' who want to hold him and pet him and love him forever and ever.

    Posted by: Rey | Apr 25, 2008 5:42:25 PM

  19. "People don't want to have that type of stuff pushed, people who are living in Omaha or in Charlotte or wherever. They don't want stuff like that pushed in their face."

    Well, this gay man living in Lincoln, NE (just a hop, skip and jump from Omaha) is interested and wishes Mr. Aiken would grow to understand being open and honest would net him more respect than anyone who might narrow-mindedly be put off.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 25, 2008 6:03:31 PM

  20. If that rubber chicken could talk. . .

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 25, 2008 6:12:03 PM

  21. Michael,

    I doubt that he cares about the respect from hypocrites who demand equal rights for themselves, yet find it acceptable to insult and ridicule a person on the basis of their perceived sexuality.

    Posted by: Carrie | Apr 25, 2008 8:19:15 PM

  22. 'All they need to say is, "I'm gay and my private life is private."'

    Outing yourself kind of defeats the purpose of 'my private life is private.' If his private life (i.e. who he likes to screw) his put out in public, then it's no longer private, it's public.

    I'm all for being out, but I think I'd be uncomfortable with my personal business being spread all over the tabloids and internet, which all celebrities, even minor ones, have to deal with in their 'private' lives.

    That being said I think Clay is probably gay and when and if he comes out of the closet is his business, but I'd respect him more if did just fess up.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Apr 25, 2008 10:55:56 PM

  23. He's said he isn't gay. He's said it multiple times. Who are you arrogant asses to demand he come out of the closet? Or anyone, for that matter.

    Nick: why can't he just be a singer and philanthropist and protect his private life. Why do you insist he must say "I'm gay" (even when he says he's not) but leave me alone?

    Chandler: if you're defined by your sexuality then I pity you. Where's the "I'm a truck driver/parent/astronaut/whatever who just happens to be gay and that's not even the most interesting thing about me?"

    Ernie, what's this about getting caught? After damage was done and he got the porn career he sought, John Paulus finally admitted to lying with all of his Clay Aiken allegations. I never saw anything concrete on the Manhunt claim.

    Wheezy: I thought you "got it" until you said he needs to "fess up" for your respect. He's been asked! The question has been answered over SIX years since he was on Idol. He's moved on from answering directly to guarding his privacy.

    He's a entertainer and doesn't owe you one damn thing about his life. Don't like his acting, book, music, charities, teeth, attitude, hair style? Don't buy his tickets or music. That's the only relationship that matters here between you and him.

    Looking at the trashing he already gets, and Lance Bass continues to get, I doubt any one of you would become a fan if Aiken announced tomorrow he is a gay man. Instead you'd bitch if he believed his faith held that a gay man is called to be celibate. He'd be attacked for being self-hating, mouth-breather, non-atheist, or worse!

    Carrie: THANK YOU.

    Posted by: queendru | Apr 26, 2008 3:08:46 AM

  24. The crazy Claymates are always around to defend their pathetic little GAY star.

    Posted by: Nate | Apr 26, 2008 5:08:07 AM

  25. My point about privacy is that we have to evolve to the point where saying you're gay is not part of being private. No heterosexual ever says they don't want to talk about whether they are heterosexual or not. They may not want to tell you who they are dating or if they are having sex, but you know they are attracted to the opposite sex. 'Being private' is part of the shame surrounding being gay. If he is gay and he says he's not, then that is the problem. If you tell the truth and treat being gay like eye color or hair color, and then say my personal life (the specifics of who I date, etc.) are my own business, then you've put sexuality in context. Until then, we are all buying into the internalized homophobia.

    Posted by: Nick | Apr 26, 2008 9:00:23 AM

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