Clay Aiken Talks to People About Being A Dad

This week’s cover of People magazine, features Clay Aiken and his new son, Parker Foster Aiken, born August 8. The cover also touts the headline, “Yes, I’m gay.” Clay spoke with the magazine about what finally made him come out to the public – a promise he’d made to himself before his child was born.

“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.”

Clay, a born-again Christian singer, says that he wants his son to be raised in an environment that is “accepting and allowing him to be happy,” and that’s very important to him.

Says Aiken: “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.”

Parker was born by artificial insemination to Jaymes Foster, and he weighed 6 lbs, 2 oz. People hits newsstands everywhere on Friday.

Source: People

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  1. Anonymous

    Well duh! How is that “news?” News is usually NEW information…

  2. Sam

    Who cares if he gay. That’s his choice and the media should leave him alone about his sexual prefrences.

    The baby is a cutie!!

  3. Rinoa

    I think it’s newsworthy. After all, he had never publicly admitted it before.

  4. Parker is a little cutie!! Definitely looks like his daddy.

  5. RW

    “born again Christian” and gay, huh?

  6. Tara

    Has Robin Thick and Paula had there baby yet? you here nothing

  7. Francesca

    Has Robin Thick and Paula had there baby yet? you here nothing

    Tara – September 24, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    The rumor in January 2008 was that she was pregnant and due in September. There are two pictures on in which she “appears” to be prgenant, but no one is sure and no one has been able to locate the article of her confirming it. Another take on the story is that Robin’s sister in law was expecting and one of the media outlets misreported that it was Paula but didn’t want to admit their mistake (?). Whether she was or not, as of July she certainly did not look pregnant…she was photgraphed at the Essence Festival wearing a tight fitting polka dotted dress with a belt and there was no bump (also posted at the above website). Now unless the baby was born at 7 months or she was further along than initially reported, I don’t believe any announcements have been made of a Patton-Thicke baby.

  8. dea

    No big whoop with an extra DUH! Big deal, so he is gay and most people (exception for claymates fan) already knew it way long time ago.

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