Clay Aiken – A Beautiful Message

In April of 2016, Clay Aiken left a lovely message on his Facebook page:

You know what? It’s taken me 14 years to realize it… I DID WIN! No final 2 from ‪#‎AmericanIdol‬ ever became nor stayed as close as my winner and I. @realrubenstuddard has been more than a co-worker & more than a friend… he’s been a true brother. No ‪#‎idol‬ finalist have ever won in the way we have. Never mind the albums and tours. Never mind the platform and exposure. American Idol gave me one of my greatest friends ever. And for that, I am truly grateful. ‪#‎idolfinale‬ ‪#‎idolfarewell‬ ‪#‎losangeles‬ ‪#‎dolbytheatre‬


I thought the following video by Sue Rue says a lot about friendship!!

 “A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together.

As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part.”


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7 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – A Beautiful Message

  1. Clay and Ruben have a great friendship that is still going strong after these 15 years and it all began on a competition show against each other! Amazing! Love the video from SueReu, it says it all!

  2. Another spectacular vid by SueReu and the Clack takers! Thank you so much for sharing; loved that tour!

    The affection between “Ruuuuben” and Clay was so evident, like no time at all had passed from when they were goofing around backstage at AI2. I’m so glad for them and us; always enjoyed them together and wish they could do another tour (like one a year forever, lol).

  3. Well – Trying again. I write a thank you comment on each newsletter (love em), but they don’t get posted any more. I know you have to keep changing your site to keep up (btw, ask us fans for $ if you need to pay for it), but this latest is difficult for me – all I have is an i7 cell (my i5 usually posted ok, but your site was not Akismet then), got it about 5 weeks ago, which seems to coincide. I don’t have a computer. ?? Let’s see if this one posts…

    • Hi Kathy…I always look forward to your comments here. There are a few things that we have changed. First, we removed the disclaimer that you had to check when entering CANN. Clay ask us to have that on when he was running for office in North Carolina and it isn't needed now. We still have it on the right side of the first page.

      We also updated the page about 10 days ago and because of the privacy problems on all social media, we are required to let you read our Privacy and Cookies policy.

      We have always run a program that blocks spam. You would be amazed at how much we get every day!! I do have to approve each comment too. I seldom ever block anyone, but sometimes, if I am not home, it takes a few hours for the comment to show up.

      I wish I knew why you are having troubles. If you are still having problems, please let me know again and I will get in touch with our computer tech who quietly makes sure we are running smoothly.

      And, just like all of our readers, I hope to hear more about Clay "SOON"

  4. This was such a great tour!!!! Got to see it in three different venues!!!! Thanks for the video Suerue

  5. clay and ruuuuuben have such a great friendship it amazes me how long the friendship between the 2 have lasted this long15 years and it all began in a amazing great talent show called americian idol I sure really hope ta hear from clay also soon and thanks for the video surerue

  6. I have had some computer issues so I have not been able to comment – but hoping it is all better now. I have missed coming here even for a short time. Thank you again for all that you do with everything and anything Clay that you bring to us. Clay and Ruben are the best and I am glad that their friendship has lasted all of these years! Two of the best guys ever!

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