Did Clay Aiken Come Out As Gay Because Of His Child? Has A Boyfriend Or Too Busy To Be Dating?
- Date of Birth 1978-11-30
- Age 41 Years 7 Month(s)
- Nationality American
- Profession Actor, Singer, Politician
- Birth Name Clayton Holmes Grissom
- Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
- Religion Christianity
- Ethnicity/Race White
- Father Vernon Grissom, Ray Parker (Step-Father)
- Mother Faye Aiken Parker
- Brother/s Brett Parker (Step-Brother), Jeff Parker (Half-Brother)
- Sister/s Amy Parker (Step-Sister)
- Son/s Parker Foster Aiken
- Relationship Status Single
- Ex-Boyfriend Reed Kelly (2008-2010), Jeff Walter (Rumor Boyfriend)
- Gay Yes
- Net Worth $7 million
- High School Leesville Road High School
- College University of North Carolina
- Height/ How Tall? 6' 1" (1.85 m)
- Hair Short
- Plastic Surgery Jaw
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/clayaiken/
- Twitter https://twitter.com/clayaiken?lang=en
- Instagram https://www.instagram.com/clayaiken/?hl=en
- LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/clay-aiken-658b3492/
- Official Site http://www.clayaiken.com/
- Career 2003–present
Acknowledging your gay sexuality to the world becomes more difficult especially when you have hidden in the closet for so long. And, also when you decide to have a child amidst gay speculations, you need extra courage to face the world.
Clay Aiken faced a similar situation when he decided to have a child through in vitro fertilization with his best friend. The child was unique as it was born with a medical boon and liberated Clay out of his false sexual identity as well leading him to acknowledge his gay sexuality.
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Sister of mega music producer David Foster, Jaymes Foster is the mother of Clay Aiken’s child, who was born via In-Vitro fertilization. The birth of his son, Parker Foster Aiken, on August 8, 2008, gave Clay the courage to come out as gay.
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Clay Aiken acknowledges his gay sexuality. (Photo Credit: People)
During an interview in September 2008, Clay came out as gay through a statement that said,
“I'm a Gay Dad”
Clay further spoke about his first decision as a dad.
“It was the first decision I made as a father, I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn’t raised that way, and I’m not going to raise a child to do that.”
On coming out of the closet as gay, Clay expected his fans to get overwhelmed, as evident in his statement.
“Whether it be having a child out of wedlock, or whether it be simply being a homosexual, it’s going to be a lot, know that I’ve never intended to lie to anybody at all. … But if they leave, I don’t want them to leave hating me.
Moreover, Clay said that his son would be raised in an environment which would be, “accepting and allowing him to be happy.”
“I have no idea if he’ll be gay or straight. It’s not something I’ll have anything to do with, or that he’ll have anything to do with. It’s already probably up inside the code there … No matter what the situation you’re in, if you’re raised in a loving environment, that’s the most important thing.”
In the society which has two genders, male and female, even recognizing your sexuality in front of your family becomes difficult. And going down the memory lane, Clay had shared his confession to his mother Faye in 2004, Clay said,
“I started crying in the car, it was dark. I was sitting there, thinking to myself. I don’t know why I started thinking about it … I just started bawling. She made me pull over the car and it just came out.”
Also, Clay added that his mother was stunned and started crying and said,
“She started crying. She was obviously somewhat stunned. But she was very supportive and very comforting. She still struggles with things quite a bit, but she’s come a long way.”
Clay Aiken was long subjected to the gay rumors, and in an interview 2006, Clay gave his views where he said,
"I don't really feel like I have anybody to answer to but myself and God and the people I love."
In 2014, reports of Clay receiving child support from, Jaymes, mother of Clay’s son Parker, made the headlines as Clay was busy fighting for Congressional election in July 2014. Sources claimed,
Since Clay is running to become a member of Congress, he hasn’t been able to spend as much time with Parker as he has in the past, Jaymes is the primary caregiver to their son, and she truly is an amazing mother, very hands on. It’s very frustrating for Jaymes because Clay will complain he doesn’t get to spend enough time with Parker, and when he is granted that time, it’s not good enough.”
The source added that the two have a close friendship and Jaymes even paid child support payment every month to Clay.
While Clay and Jaymes occasionally have arguments over their personal matters, their primary focus to give a healthy environment for their child to grow up. Clay even mentioned that as his son Parker ages ten now, Clay and Jaymes could look to find their romantic partners.
Boyfriend and Dating?
Back in 2009, Clay was spotted with his mystery boyfriend walking in Los Angeles, and some sources claim that he was in the relationship with Reed Kelly (2008-2010), Devin Finn (2010), and Jeff Walters (2010).
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Clay Aiken spotted with his rumored boyfriend in 2009 in Los Angeles (Photo Credit: zimbio.com)
Clay's longest relationship was with Jeff Walters, an actor by profession, whom he started dating in 2010. Their relationship became the subject of national infatuation when nude pictures of Clay and Jeff got leaked online.
Clay later explained that he deserved to have his photos leaked as he had not been careful with those images. He is no longer dating Jeff, but he hopes to get married someday and settle down as he has always been a vocal supporter of gay marriage.
What Is Clay Aiken Doing In 2019?
As a singer, Clay Aiken’s doesn’t have any upcoming concert in 2019, but he has given concerts in the past. So what's he upto, now?
Back in 2017, Clay was busy working with Radio Channel SiriusXM 109 and even shared some of his moments with the channel. Singer within Clay Aiken praised the entire cast of Bandstand for the amazing music and talent via a Tweet on April 27, 2017.
And speaking of Clay Aiken's political career, he did "Grading 100 days of President Trump" with Clay Aiken and Carrie Sheffield and Bold Global Media shared it via Twitter, in April 2017.
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Clay Aiken has been a role model for many people who wish to come out of the closet and liberate oneself from leading life with a false identity. Recently in February 2019, he supported President Donald Trump administration's decision to fight against sexual discrimination. He praised Trump's move to decriminalize same-sex relationships all around the world.
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