Clay: 'I'm Gay'

"American Idol" alum Clay Aiken has finally come out of the closet -- the reaction of millions of Claymates around the globe remains to be seen. The announcement appears on the cover of this week's People magazine.

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The singer's intimate admission comes right after the birth of his first son -- Parker Foster Aiken -- born via in vitro fertilization with his best friend, producer Jaymes Foster. "It was the first decision I made as a father," Aiken revealed to People, "I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things."

The 29-year-old Broadway star also acknowledged that coming out may overwhelm some of his fans. "Whether it be having a child out of wedlock, or whether it be simply being a homosexual, it's going to be a lot," he states, adding that he hopes his fans "know that I've never intended to lie to anybody at all. ... But if they leave, I don't want them to leave hating me."

Clay intends to raise Parker with Jaymes -- and said that his son will be raised in a home that is "accepting and allowing him to be happy." He adds, "No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing."

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