This is a big week for celebrities “officially” coming out of the closet. First Lindsay admitted that she and her partner, DJ Samantha Ronson, have been dating for “a very long time”, and now Clay Aiken has FINALLY come out of the closet!
Still, I respected his right to stay in the closet until he was ready to make his sexual preference confirmed public knowlege, and I respect and appreciate the reason he chose to finally come clean.
“It was the first decision I made as a father,” Aiken, 29, told PEOPLE magazine after the August 8th birth of his son Parker. “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.”
Aiken, with his son Parker.
The birth of his son was a pretty big tip-off about his sexuality, as far as the public was concerned, as little Parker was conceived via in vitro fertilization with music producer Jaymes Foster, his best friend of many years. He shared his concerns that it might be a bit difficult for his adoring fans to take in, saying, “Whether it be having a child out of wedlock, or whether it be simply being a homosexual, it’s going to be a lot.” I’m not sure he’s giving his fans enough credit though. Particularly since after years of speculation (and musical theatre performances), I don’t think many of them will be surprised.
Yep. Definitely straight.
Aiken said that even his born-again Christian mother has been supportive, despite her initial shock, since he came out to her four years ago. He says, “She still struggles with things quite a bit, but she’s come a long way.” Hopefully his fans can be just as supportive. After all, honesty shouldn’t be punished! He is an example of what it is like to be true to yourself and honest to the people who love and support you – both very Christian virtues.
My favorite part of his interview with People Magazine, however, was his discussion of whether or not he things his son will have the same inclinations: “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.”
So true, and way to be an awesome parent Clay. Congratulations!