Clay Aiken: I'm Gay!
Posted on Wed Sep 24, 2008 08:43 AM PDT

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LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Clay Aiken has come out of the closet, telling "People" Magaizne, "Yes, I'm Gay."

Clay is on the cover with his newborn son, Parker, who was concieved through artificial insemination.

"It was the first decision I made as a father," Aiken, 29, tells the upcoming issue of "People," on newsstands Friday. "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 born-again Christian singer, who had refused to address his sexuality despite ongoing rumors, told "People" he hopes his fans "know that I've never intended to lie to anybody at all." And acknowledges, the openness about his sexuality may alienate some of his conservative fans. Clay said,"If they leave, I don't want them to leave hating me."