Gay 'Survivor' Contestant is Clay Aiken's Ex


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday November 13, 2014

One thing that gay cast member of CBS's "Survivor" Reed Kelly can never be accused of is name-dropping. Even when that name happens to be his former boyfriend "American Idol" season two runner-up, Clay Aiken.

On Reed Kelly's bio page for "Survivor," you'll learn many things about the 31-year-old Broadway chorus boy, from his love of philanthropy to his dislike of slow walkers on New York City sidewalks. One thing you won't learn is that the hunky season 29 contestant formerly dated "American Idol" Clay Aiken for two years.

According to, the pair met in 2008 while Aiken was performing in the Broadway company of "Spamalot" and Kelly flying around the Gershwin Theater as a winged monkey in the cast of "Wicked." It was rumored that the couple met through Aiken's accompanist who played in the pit orchestra for "Wicked."

Aiken went public with the relationship shortly after coming out of the closet on the cover of People magazine.

Two years later, in 2010, Queerty reported that the couple had called it quits after noticing that Kelly changed his relationship status to "single" and posted Christina Aguilara's song "You Lost Me" to his My Space (remember that?) profile.

Aiken isn't the only public figure in Kelly's life whose name he isn't dropping. According to Minn Post, the "Survivor" contestant's father is Randy Kelly, former mayor of St. Paul Minnesota.

Kelly is on "Survivor: San Juan del Sur," or Blood vs. Water 2, and appears on the show with his boyfriend Josh Canfield, who is also a Broadway performer.

"Writing and directing my first musical in London and being the first person in my family with a Master's degree," he says is his claim to fame.

In their pre-"Survivor" interview, Canfield says he met Kelly "through a mutual friend in New York" when Kelly was doing "Spiderman" on Broadway.

The couple revealed on the show they are remaining abstinent from sex until marriage. In the interview, Canfield and Kelly said they are extremely committed and are "definitely dating with a serious intent on marriage." They also say they are big Christians and make sure to "put the Lord first in everything they do."

Canfield was voted out on Nov. 12, become the first member of the jury.

Watch the interview below: