Clay Aiken Says American Idol Helped Him Come Out as a Gay Man (VIDEO) Tweet December 12, 2011 by Whitney Ricketts Related: American Idol, Gossip , Interviews , Clay Aiken Credit: YouTube Sweetest interview ever! Clay Aiken candidly speaks with Adam Corrolla about how Idol helped him come to terms with the fact that he likes guys. "I didn't know what gay was," Clay says of his sheltered childhood. Need your daily dose of American Idol? “Like" us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/AmericanIdolFansite, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IdolWetpaint!