Singer Clay Aiken makes it official in this week's People magazine: "Yes, I'm gay."
While the People story is not yet available, the cover of the former American Idol runner-up and Broadway star indicates that being a new father to Parker Foster convinced him to come out of the closet: "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things," the cover blurb reads.
“We congratulate Clay for making this decision and for setting an example for others and his family," says GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "As we’re seeing, more and more gay people, including celebrities, are living openly and honestly, and this has tremendous impact in terms of creating awareness, understanding and acceptance."
E!'s Marc Malkin believes Aiken was laying the groundwork for his coming out back in the spring. On his most recent album, On My Way Here, the lyrics for "The Real Me" may be telling:
Painted on, life is behind a mask/ Self-inflicted circus clown/ I'm tired of the song and dance/ Living a charade, always on parade/ What a mess I've made of my existence.
You're turning the tattered fabric of my life into a perfect tapestry. I just want to be me.
And now, it seems, he's doing just that. The toaster is on the way, Clay!