Singer and American Idol alum
Clay Aiken said in a new interview that being open about his
sexuality hasn't affected his life.
The 32-year-old singer-actor came out
gay in a 2008 People magazine cover story after years of
denying rampant speculation about his sexuality.
In 2006, the told People, “It
doesn't matter what I say. People are going to believe what they
Today, the North Carolinian denies he
ever concealed his sexuality.
“There was this misconception that I
was not out,” he
told gay weekly The Georgia Voice. “I was in 'Spamalot'
and everyone knew, but I don't necessarily want to sit at a table
with strangers and tell them. When you come out, you do it with
people you are comfortable with.”
Aiken, who released his fifth studio
album Tried and True last June, became a father in 2008 with
the birth of his son Parker.
“It's changed my life; it changes
everything,” he said.
But being openly gay, Aiken added,
hasn't affect him much.
“I definitely do see the liberation
and understand the rationalization of people wanting me to be out,”
he said. “On the other hand, I wouldn't say that coming out has
made me happier because that implies I was not happy before and I