American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has told the world what it knew already: “Yes, I’m gay,” screams the headline on the cover of the new issue of People magazine. Aiken once told Rolling Stone: “One thing I’ve found of people in the public eye, either you’re a womanizer or you’ve got to be gay. Since I’m neither one of those, people are completely concerned about me.”
Apparently Aiken promised he would come out after becoming a father, because “I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn’t raised that way, and I’m not going to raise a child to do that." The message boards on Aiken’s official site are abuzz with the news, with most posters throwing their support behind the Spamalot star. Clay himself wants them to know: “I’ve never intended to lie to anybody at all…but if they leave, I don’t want them to leave hating me."
Aiken also reveals how he told his mother the news, four years ago after he started crying when dropping his brother off for military service in Iraq. Unfortunately mom didn’t take the news too well, although Aiken assures us that she “still struggles with things quite a bit, but she’s come a long way."
How will this news affect the born-again Christian’s career? It will most likely be negligible, and I think one poster on the Aiken boards sums up all our feelings when he/she says Clay “is still the same beautiful, caring, kind, loving human being he has always been and a great singer and entertainer. My love for Clay hasn’t changed.”