October 10, 2008 11:00 AM by Paulene Hinds
Two weeks after the announcement by former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken that he is gay, he has decided to explain his decision to come out to his fans on his website clayonline.com.
“I would have preferred to separate my personal life from my professional life,”he writes. “But, living as myself without discussing my sexuality publicly would have been as impossible.”
Along with the support he is receiving from many fans, he is also receiving messages of betrayal.
Clay however is not apologizing and has no regrets about the way he has handled his personal life over the past five years and says, “I have 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.”
He also does not apologize for the way he handled himself in 2003 during a Rolling Stone interview when he said that he was not gay. He said that his statement, “Male celebrities are either considered womanizers or gay and since I’m neither one of those, people are completely concerned about me,” was made because he was caught off guard and not sure at the time how to handle the situation.
Aiken stated, “When this guy started asking me about things that I didn’t really know how to answer for myself, things that I was not yet ready to admit to folks like my mother and my family, things that I found intimidating and invasive, I responded in what I assumed was a benign way at the time.”
Aiken ended his blog with this statement, “I am not defined by my sexuality. It is, simply, a small facet of the same person I have always been. Nothing has changed.”
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