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American Idol: Clay Aiken Reflects On Being A New Dad And Coming Out

December 23, 2008 03:00 PM by Paulene Hinds


The second season American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken made headlines this year for telling the world that he is gay and even though he is happy that he may have helped other people to admit their sexuality, the most precious memory to him this year is that he has become a dad!

“At the end of the day, Parker is the most important thing of the year, and of my life, without question,” Clay Aiken, told PEOPLE. “Having a son and that type of responsibility is obviously going to be something that I remember forever.”

Clay Aiken has had to divide his time between parenthood and acting for the past few months and is looking forward to being a full-time parent again with his friend Jaymes Foster, after his role as Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot ends on January 4, 2009.

“I want to spend time with Parker. He’s still uber-dependent,” Clay Aiken told PEOPLE, laughing. “I’m ready for him to start talking. I’m ready for a little action!”

As for his sexuality, Clay Aiken is aware that he may have helped other men to come out and said, “I’m very humbled by that. I really don’t know what to say about that. I think that hopefully less than inspiring people I will have an opportunity to open people’s eyes to different viewpoints and different possibilities in their life.”

As for the support Clay Aiken has received after coming out, he said, “We’ve been very impressed and my heart has been thoroughly warmed to find people very supportive.”

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