A week and a half after American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken shocked some of his fans by coming out, some Claymates are still having a hard time, while others don’t seem fazed.
On The Clayboard, there were mixed reactions to Clay’s most recent Good Morning America interview. In other discussions, there were meditations on why they’re fans, donations collected to send Clay flowers, efforts to move on, and celebrations of Clay’s hotness.
Meanwhile, John Paulus, the man who kicked Clay’s closet door down by detailing his one-night stand with Clay, told E! about the harassment he faced at the hands of some overzealous, crazy Claymates. He said he was fired after they called his work with wild accusations, and also that some “drove up and down [his mother’s] street, screaming out that I was a porno whore.” He said, in part,
“Claymates began attacking me personally. They posted my credit reports, they posed where my parents lived, they were calling my mother’s house 1, 2, 3: o’clock in the morning, explained that she was a whore. That should I have been aborted as a child. They got a hold of where my sister lived, started harassing her as well. There was an all-out effort. … They did whatever they could to intimidate and ridicule me.”
Perhaps most interesting, Paulus says he’s now “friends with some of them”–but presumably not the ones who “sprayed adhesive on my brakes and then threw sand on my brakes.”