Truth Rules

A blog for fans of Clay Aiken. It may take a while but in the end, truth will win out over lies. Keep it clean, no threats ... and if I don't like what you say I own the delete key.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Clay Aiken & Stolen Moments

For Clay Aiken, the price of celebrity is having your private moments of silliness stolen and spread all over the internet. After a four year run the cast of Spamalot performed their final show on January 11th. After the show they all headed to a party where a photo booth gave Clay, his fellow cast members and friends the opportunity to pose for silly photos. Just a fun thing to do at a party.

Someone stole the photos Clay took and posted them on the web. We've all seen it before. No celebrity is safe from prying eyes. From Princess Diana to Alec Baldwin to Britney Spears, they all have been the victims of having their privacy invaded. Depending on the level of celebrity, bloggers have a field day with their comments, and honestly, some just make up stories designed to get hits for their blogs.

This is part of a post on one of the Clay fan sites. It may or may not be true.

"My daughter, not a Clay fan, is an executive with a huge pharmaceutical company and they had a large company event last night. One of the highlights was THE EXACT photo booth used at the Spam after-party. She was talking to the photographer who runs it and he told her he did all the big parties in NY including the Spam party. Told her he got shots of Clay Aiken with his boyfriend.My daughter pursued this by telling him her mom was a Claymate. He willingly told her that he released the photos for money and was very proud of himself when he saw them on JustJared and TMZ."
Whoever stole and/or sold these photos is sadly lacking in the morality department. Why shouldn't celebrities have a right to privacy just like the rest of us?

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Clay Aiken: Gone Fishing

Clay Aiken has gone fishing? Well, not really. But he is taking a break from work for a bit. Instead of finding him on the Broadway stage or on a concert stage, you'll find him helping out UNICEF with their TAP project or at his second annual GFI event.

We all know that when it comes to kids, Clay Aiken does what he can to help them and the TAP project is UNICEF's effort to ensure that every child has clean drinking water.

Clay also blogged for UNICEF and the Believe in Zero campaign. His blog can be read in full on The One Blog.

All of us can help to save children’s lives – individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and governments.

So I am asking President Barack Obama to launch a Presidential Initiative to Accelerate Child Survival. And I am asking YOU to join me, by signing a petition to the President.

ONE supporters care about helping the most vulnerable people on our planet. Please join me in telling the next President of the United States that Americans want him to make global child survival a top priority. For more information and to sign the petition, go to:

-Clay Aiken, UNICEF Ambassador

Next week Clay and PGA Professional Wayne Player will be hosting the 2nd Annual Golfing For Inclusion to benefit The Bubel/Aiken Foundation.

Photo from 2008 Golfing for Inclusion event

Clay's idea of going fishing is spending his time doing what he can to help all the kids who live in our world. So don't look for him sleeping in a rowboat on a lake somewhere.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

“Something About Us”

Last year a fan used Clay Aiken's song “Something About Us” to create a video tribute to the love between Barack and Michelle Obama. This past week we found out that this video came to the attention of the Obama camp who requested permission to show it during one of the Inaugeral Balls tonight.

The song was written by Michael O'Brien, along with Scotty Wilbanks and Regie Hamm, as a tribute to his wife.

Tonight when our brand new President and his First Lady dance, these lyrics from the first two verses will be so true.

Stop the music, play the song
We'll dance together all night long
The spotlight glows, somehow it knows,
That there's something about us
Something about us

People smile when they walk by
There's too much magic to deny
A fool can see we're meant to be
'cause there's something about us,
Something about us

Michael's mother found the video and wrote the following comments:

deeob70 (2 months ago)
Michael O'Brien wrote this song and was thrilled that Clay put it on his albumn!

deeob70 (2 months ago)
Beautiful!.....My son, Michael O'Brien wrote this song for his wife....the albumns name is:
"Something About Us". How fitting for such a lovely couple as Barack and Michelle Obama.

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Clay Aiken: "My Way"

Today, January 4th, is Clay Aiken's last performance in Spamalot. When the curtain comes down this afternoon Clay goes back home with Jaymes and baby Parker. The rest of the cast has one more week before the doors close at the Shubert Theatre for Spamalot.

This beautiful graphic by ACA is a great depiction of the various roles Clay took on in Spamalot.

I'm not one for flowery speech and it's not too often that I get all mushy. With this chapter closing today I can't get this Frank Sinatra song out of my head. It fits not only today but all of Clay's career over the past 6 years.

"My Way"
And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.

I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!

No matter what anyone says about Clay, he has done it his way. I hope that someday I get to hear him sing this song.

Clay does like to have all the T's crossed and the I's dotted before he shares what he has planned next. So when Jaymes told us that "The best is yet to come" I'm going to believe her.

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