Clay Aiken Skirts Issue

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Last time we checked in on former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken, we gabbed about his appropriate appointment to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. With the upcoming release of his new album, A Thousand Different Ways, Aiken’s back in the news – if you can call it that.

Starting on his publicity tour – which, may we say, sounds more frightful than a tour of Auschwitz – he pays a visit to People Magazine, speaking out on a variety of topics, including anxiety attacks and paxil. That’s all well and good, but obviously we’re more interested in his lackluster response to those tenacious gay rumors.

When asked by People, he says:

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.

For all those people who virulently defend Mr. Aiken’s sexuality, please note the skirting around the issue.

Another notable topic is his dream of being a father. He says:

I want to be a father so badly. I want (kids) one day. Not now. … I would love to adopt. There’s an orphanage not too far from my house, and I’ve been up before with church. I always thought, ‘What happens to those kids who have the potential to go to college but just can’t afford it?’ I’ve been thinking a lot lately about finding a way to pay for one of those kids to go to college.

If he’s worried about money, he could take a page from Lance Bass’ Book.

Related: “Clay Aiken: Mentally Retarded Hero