image“It was the first decision I made as a father,” Clay Aiken told People magazine of his decision to stop dodging questions about his sexuality. The article’s headline said it all: “Yes, I’m Gay.” “I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things,” the singer said. “I wasn’t raised that way, and I’m not going to raise a child to do that.”

Appearing on the cover of this week’s magazine cradling the newborn baby, Parker, who was conceived through in vitro fertilization with the singer’s best friend, record producer Jaymes Foster, Aiken told the magazine that his son will be raised in an environment that he described as “accepting and allowing him to be happy.”

Aiken, 29, said he has “no idea” if his son will be gay or straight, but he knows it’s not something he can predict or affect. “It’s not something I’ll have anything to do with, or that he’ll have anything to do with,” Aiken told the magazine. “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.”

Nearly stealing Aiken’s thunder after more than a year of similarly open speculation, Lindsay Lohan also came out this week and admitted what most of the world already knew — that she is in a relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson.

The news on Aiken, which came after his return to Broadway last week in the role of Sir Robin in “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” might surprise some of his hard-core fans, the so-called “Claymates,” but he said he was prepared for that. “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 said, adding that fans would have to deal with the news in their own way. He realizes that some may be shocked, but he hopes they stick around and “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.”

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