Clay Aiken is finally ready to show who he really is to the world.
"It was the first decision I made as a father," Clay told the mag, of his decision to come out. "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."
It seems that Clay thinks that some of his fans didn't already think he was gay, as he told People of his expected fan reaction, "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 adds that he hopes his supporters "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."
The singer says that even his mom struggled with the news, which he revealed to her four years ago. "She started crying. She was obviously somewhat stunned. But she was very supportive and very comforting." Even now, Clay admits, "She still struggles with things quite a bit, but she's come a long way."
As for his baby, Parker, who was conceived through in vitro fertilization with his best friend, music producer Jaymes Foster, Clay says his son will be raised in an environment that is "accepting and allowing him to be happy. I have no idea if he'll be gay or straight. It's not something I'll have anything to do with, or that he'll have anything to do with. It's already probably up inside the code there ... No matter what the situation you're in, if you're raised in a loving environment, that's the most important thing."
Okay, let me see the hands of the people who really didn't know Clay was gay?