2003: After a friend convinces him to audition for American Idol instead applying for The Amazing Race, Clay Aiken spends several months competing and bringing us such wondrous numbers as “Build Me Up Buttercup” and the Elton John classic “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” He ultimately comes in a close second to Ruben Studdard.
2005: Comedienne and honorary gay man Kathy Griffin coins “Gayken.”
October 16, 2005: The Globe reports that Clay Aiken’s stylist, John Dahlstrom, is dating Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl, and that Clay has been pestering Reichen with non-stop late-night phone calls. Reichen later denounces guys who date him for fame; dates Lance Bass.
January 26, 2006: John Paulus, former Green Beret tells the National Enquirer about a traumatic sexual encounter with Clay Aiken in a North Carolina Quality Inn. He says that Clay Aiken, after initiating conversation under the screename ‘valleyprettyboy,’ paid cash for the sordid encounter, fucking Paulson bareback.
March 2, 2006: Clay Aiken, tailspinning from his bareback inn room encounter, logs onto Manhunt in Boston and invites a new friend to his hotel room. Clay sends over pictures of his blinding torso. His chatting partner responds by making fun of the cheap hotel Clay is staying at. Clay is hurt, says there is “no reason to act all uppity.”
November 17, 2006: While a guest co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly, Clay Aiken jokingly silences Kelly by covering her mouth with his hand. Kelly winces, saying that she “doesn’t know where that hand has been.” Days later on The View, she-man Rosie O’Donnell describes Kelly’s disgust as “homophobic.” Kelly defends herself, claiming germophobia instead of homophobia, and describing Clay’s hand as “cold and clammy.” Bootleg video of the incident below.
January 27, 2008: Clay tells New York Magazine that he has no sex drive.
May 29, 2008: Clay artifically inseminates a woman.
September 23, 2008: Perez Hilton breaks the story of Clay’s coming out. It is fitting that Perez should break a story he spent years massaging. As for us, we applaud Clay. Coming out in the public eye is seldom easy. But when everyone’s known for years, it must be a whole lot harder. Just use a condom next time, mmmkay Clay?
UPDATE: His Wikipedia‘s already been updated.
Finally!!! (Perez Hilton)
UPDATE: Well hello, lawyer letter from Playgirl. In other news, Playgirl can afford a lawyer? Images removed.
The Homosexual Recruiter Association celebrates another success today now that former Menudo boy bander Angelo Garcia has done the yep-i'm-gay thing. And to celebrate, he's posing nude.