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Clay Aiken: My Private Life Is My Business

04/25/2008 at 02:00 PM EDT

Clay Aiken: My Private Life Is My Business
Clay Aiken
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Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken

For Clay Aiken, his private life is exactly that – private.

Asked about the frequent speculation about his personal relationships – in particular, his sexuality – the second-season American Idol runner-up, 29, tells Access Hollywood's Billy Bush in an interview to air Friday: "I think for the most part ... people who are living in Omaha or in Charlotte or wherever, they don't want stuff like that pushed in their face.

"I don't think that that's necessary, and that's also not what I'm here for."

Still, the Raleigh, N.C.-born Aiken – whose new album, On My Way Here, arrives May 6 – says he's had a rough time dealing with the public interest the surrounds him.

"It can be difficult, especially initially," he says. "I think when you get into anything and you're not used to people scrutinizing this that or the other, it bothers you."

Still, he is learning to live with the attention. "After a while, you kind of just say, forget this, this is not who I am, this is not about me," he says. "What I want to do is be a singer, want to be an entertainer, and forget all that stuff."

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