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Originally posted 07/24/2008 12:40PM
Clay Aiken is just weeks away from becoming a dad, so it's only fitting that the singer and UNICEF ambassador is blogging about children's issues.
Aiken, 29, recently visited Somalia and Kenya, and has been blogging about the trip on the UNICEF Web site.
In his final posting, Aiken writes how violence during the country's election earlier this year left thousands of children homeless. And even though the unrest has decreased, many of the kids have not returned to their schools.
Originally posted 07/03/2008 02:30PM
Kelly Ripa thinks Clay Aiken has what it takes to be a good dad.
"It's great," Ripa told PEOPLE exclusively when asked about Aiken's impending fatherhood at a party Wednesday in New York City to celebrate her appearance on the July cover of Hamptons magazine. "I think he'll be a great father."
These days, Ripa is staying busy with her own three kids: Michael, 11, Lola, 7, and Joaquin, 5.
"They just started day camp and they love it," says Ripa, who attended the party with husband, Mark Consuelos. "Now little Joaquin goes with them. I was very concerned about him going, but he's having the time of his life. When I grew up we didn't have summer camp – only the bad kids got sent away. I didn't know that good kids could go to camp."
Originally posted 06/03/2008 03:40PM
Clay Aiken's friends are sending him support and good wishes after hearing news that he's going to be a father with music producer Jaymes Foster.
"Congratulations, Clay!" says American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson. "I think he will be a good parent."
Actor Eric Roberts and wife Eliza says their close friend Foster – the sister of music producer David Foster – pulled them aside at her 50th birthday party in Los Angeles in March to tell of her pregnancy with a friend, whom they later learned was the 29-year-old Aiken.
Originally posted 05/31/2008 03:45PM
The "Claymates" are showing an outpouring of support after a rep for producer David Foster confirmed to PEOPLE that Clay Aiken is fathering a child with David's sister, music producer Jaymes Foster.
"OMG Clay Aiken is my Hero," writes one fan on claymaniac.com. "I love him and wish him the best of luck!"
Adds another on the same site: "Now today I almost choked on my sandwich, Clay is going to be a father? And in three months? It blew me over. All I can say is 'Congratulations!' That is going to be one handsome and talented baby."
Still, there were some doubts: "How can he have time with his baby if he's always on a busy schedule. Like tours, CD releases, talk show[s]. Life becomes crazy with a baby."
Originally posted 05/29/2008 05:00PM
Clay Aiken is going to be a father, PEOPLE has confirmed.
"The story is true," a rep for producer David Foster, the pregnant woman's brother, told PEOPLE Wednesday, of the TMZ.com report that Aiken, 29, impregnated David's sister, music producer Jaymes Foster. "It is true Clay is the father. She was artificially inseminated by Clay. She's due in August."
The rep added of Aiken and Foster, "They have been friends ever since American Idol, when they worked together."
Foster also executive produced Aiken's album A Thousand Different Ways.
Aiken's reps have not yet commented.
Originally posted 04/25/2008 02:00PM
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."
Originally posted 04/24/2008 07:00PM
Work is keeping Clay Aiken busy – as he pointed out to a reporter in Washington, D.C., who asked him if he was doing enough as a member of the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
The second-season American Idol runner-up and current Broadway headliner, 29, blamed his busy schedule when a reporter from The Washington Post confronted him. "The last time I had two days off in a row was October," said the crooner. "I was on tour throughout the country through Christmas, then I went straight to Mexico for UNICEF. [Then] I went straight to New York for Spamalot."
Having been appointed to the committee in fall 2006, Aiken added, "If there's something I can do remotely, I would've been happy to do it."
Originally posted 02/20/2008 07:00PM
Get ready Claymates, a new Clay Aiken album is just around the corner. The former American Idol contestant is in New York City currently recording his fourth album, which he expects to be released in early May, he tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"We're hoping the next album will be out about May 6," Aiken, who is currently starring in the Broadway run of Monty Python's Spamalot as Sir Robin, tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/28/2008 02:35PM
There's an old saying that New York City can be the loneliest place in the world, and one new arrival to the crowded metropolis – Clay Aiken – may just bear that out.
"I almost cried on the first day on my way to rehearsal," the American Idol favorite, 29, tells New York magazine about starting his new gig in the Broadway musical Spamalot. "I'm here until May 4, and I've never lived alone before."
Originally posted 01/17/2008 11:15AM
It may be a long leap from Raleigh, N.C., to the kingdom of Camelot – with a memorable stop on American Idol in between – but Clay Aiken is apparently ready to take his seat as Sir Robin at the Round Table. The singer, 29, officially joins the cast of the Tony-winning Monty Python musical Spamalot on Friday, having told Newsweek that he was so sore from the arduous rehearsals to prepare for his Broadway debut that he "couldn't even get off the toilet the other day."
It will remain to be seen if Aiken's acting and dancing can measure up to his singing, CD-selling (6 million) or even his candor – as well as who's really tougher, Simon Cowell or New York theater critics. Aiken is due to remain with the show through May 4.
– Stephen M. Silverman
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