Clay Aiken Looks Back on 2008
If anyone's had a momentous past 12 months, it's been Clay Aiken.
First the flame-tressed American Idol fave became the proud papa of a newborn son, Parker.
Then the 30-year-old crooner shocked the world by coming out as a gay man.
And recently, it's been reported that he's entered a loving relationship with dancer Reed Kelly.
Now Aiken is reflecting on the personal rollercoaster ride that was 2008 to People magazine.
"At the end of the day, Parker is the most important thing of the year, and of my life, without question," the singer reveals. "Having a son and that type of responsibility is obviously going to be something that I remember forever."
Still Aiken is quick to admit that his coming out had a major impact on his life. And, he hopes, on others.
"We've been very impressed and my heart has been thoroughly warmed to find people very supportive," Aiken says of the public reaction to his personal revelation.
He's also thrilled to believe that his experience may be inspirational to other gay men and society at large. "I'm very humbled by that. I really don't know what to say about that," Aiken offers. "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."
And he's also aware he may have inspired other gay men to come out. "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."
But enough about 2008; what does 2009 hold for Clay Aiken?
He says he'll be taking time off from his career and moving to North Carolina with Parker's mother, 50-year-old producer/friend Jaymes Foster, to focus on his role as a new dad. The relocation will occur after January 4, when Aiken's run as Sir Robin in the Broadway production of Monty Python's Spamalot.
"I want to spend time with Parker. He's still uber-dependent," he reveals. "I'm ready for him to start talking. I'm ready for a little action!"