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Clay Aiken Contacted By Birthfather

Clay Aiken is getting all kinds of attention these days. He’s getting tons of fan mail, noticed on the street and contacted by people he hasn’t heard from in years-including his biological father. The American Idol runner-up tells Rolling Stone that his birthfather, whom he says was a violent alcoholic who beat Aiken’s mother, has tried to get in touch with him since he’s become famous.

The 24-year old singer says, “My mother was beaten by this man, and he never tried to be a father to me, ever. We moved so he wouldn’t know where I was. And now he wishes me the best? I don’t want to give him the time of day.”

Aiken is ready to move on, and the success of his first-ever single isn’t hurting that process. “This Is The Night” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

American Idol fans can catch Aiken-as well as the show’s winner, Ruben Studdard-on the American Idol tour, which kicks off on July 8 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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