"Gay Dad" Clay Aiken Raising Son, Where's He Now & Who Is Boyfriend?
|Date of Birth||November 30 ,1978|
|Age||41 Years 4 Month(s)|
|Profession||Actor, Singer, Politician|
|Ex-Boyfriend||Reed Kelly (2008-2010), Jeff Walter (Rumor Boyfriend)|
|Net Worth||$7 million|
|Father||Vernon Grissom, Ray Parker (Step-Father)|
|Mother||Faye Aiken Parker|
|Sister/s||Amy Parker (Step-Sister)|
|Brother/s||Brett Parker (Step-Brother), Jeff Parker (Half-Brother)|
|High School||Leesville Road High School|
|College||University of North Carolina|
|Height/ How Tall?||6' 1" (1.85 m)|
|Son/s||Parker Foster Aiken|
American singer and television personality Clay Aiken never addressed the rumors of him being gay despite qualms from all quarters. However, the birth of his son changed his personal landscape and provided him with the courage to come out.
The reality star is known primarily for his journey on the second season of the singing competition, American Idol in 2003 where he finished in the runner-up position. After finding fame through singing, he has had a dramatic change of career and has been largely active in politics. He was the Democratic Party’s candidate in the 2014 midterm elections for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district.
Are You Stunned?: Clay Aiken sings the cover of Solitaire by Carpenters live on the stage of American Idol 3 (Published on 14 March 2009)
Clay also tried in cashing upon his American Idol fame by appearing in other reality shows. The Raleigh native was one of the contestants on the celebrity edition of the game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? in November 2007.
Clay Aiken’s Journey From Local Band To American Idol
Born on 30 November 1978, Clayton Holmes Grissom started to sing at a very young age and often sang in school choirs, musicals, and local theatre productions. It was after high school he was really invested in music after he started singing as the lead of local band, Just By Chance.
The band's highlight moment in their fledgling career came in 2011 when they performed at the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh.
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And after a friend of his insisted that he sign up for American Idol, Clay jumped into the challenge, surprising the judges with his version of Always and Forever. The 39-year-old singer made it to the round of 32 before getting eliminated, but he was soon invited to return for the Wild Card round. His performance of Elton John’s Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me brought him to the final 12.
While the singer made it to the final round, he grabbed the second place to Ruben Studdard who won the competition in May 2003.
It was in October 2003 when Clay released his debut album, Measure of a Man which went multi-platinum and eventually released four albums on the RCA label, Merry Christmas with Love (2004), A Thousand Different Ways (2006), All is Well (2006), and On My Way Here (2008).
Clay soon released two more albums with Decca Records, Tried and True (2010) and Steadfast (2012), going to eleven tours to support his albums and sold over 5 million records. He is the fourth-highest-selling artist of all American Idol alumnus.
As of now, Clay is more slanted to participating in philanthropy, involving in many UNICEF contributions and occasionally fighting for gay rights.
Clay Aiken Comes Out As Gay After Son's Birth
It was in September 2008 when Clay decided to publicly announce that he was gay, following the birth of his son, Parker on 8 August 2008. He had only told his family that he was gay four years before the public acknowledgment after dropping off his younger brother, Brett at Camp Lejeune.
How Adorable: Clay posts a picture as he handles his baby son while meeting fans in Ramseur, North Carolina (Photo: Clay Aiken's Instagram | 18 October 2014)
Clay was with his mum in the car when he started bawling out; he pulled over the car and came out to his mother. While his mum was stunned and started crying, she was very supportive and comforting to Clay’s breakdown.
But Clay couldn’t hide things anymore after his son was conceived via in-vitro fertilization with producer, Jaymes Foster. He had been a subject of rumors surrounding that he was gay but he had always refused to acknowledge them. His son was the main source of his courage to come out to the whole world.
Who Is Clay Aiken’s Gay Boyfriend?
After coming out as gay to the whole world, Clay introduced his first boyfriend, Broadway dancer Reed Kelly in December 2008.
Apparently, Clay met his former gay boyfriend in early 2008 while he was doing Spamalot and the two even appeared together at Rosie O’Donnell’s Building Dreams for Kids in November 2008.
Everyone in the set of Wicked knew Reed as Clay’s boyfriend and that they were an obvious couple.
Hands Inside: Clay and his gay boyfriend, Reed is seen taking a walk in Los Angeles in May 2009 (Photo: zimbio.com)
The two were getting along quite well but split up in 2010 after two years of dating. And the information of Clay breaking up with his boyfriend was leaked through Clay’s MySpace status that was changed to ‘single,’ and he was listening to Christina Aguilera’s cheating/break-up song, You Lost Me.
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Well, that’s sad. Let’s not forget to mention that the song’s reference also led people to believe that the relationship was over because of infidelity. But Clay never revealed the reason for the split.
And it was the same year when Clay was rumored to have a new boyfriend, Jeff Walter, who had his nude image leaked after the two were spotted together at the Winter Festival in Dallas, Texas.
The two never confirmed it, and after that, Clay has never been seen with anyone that could pour fuel to rumors surrounding his gay boyfriends. All in all, it looks like Clay is just too busy handling his gay dad life with his now 10-year-old son.