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Originally posted 09/24/2008 04:25PM
Although Clay Aiken says his decision to come out might lose him a few fans, three of his former American Idol competitors have his back.
"This news does not change my opinion of him or my friendship with him," says Carmen Rasmusen, 23, who competed alongside Aiken during the show's second season. But she admits she was somewhat shocked by the news. "I'm surprised, I guess because he kept it quiet for so long!"
Originally posted 09/24/2008 02:10PM
As fans of Clay Aiken react to the news that he is gay, the singer himself has written about his gratitude he feels about the support he's received so far.
"We'll 'talk' more later," Aiken, 29, writes on his Web site's message board. "but, suffice it to say, for the first time in recent memory, I am speechless. I'm so proud to know and love all of you."
He adds, "My family is so much larger than Parker, Jaymes, mom, Brett, etc. It extends to each of you. And I couldn't be more blessed."
Originally posted 09/24/2008 11:55AM
Clay Aiken is receiving widespread kudos from lesbian and gay organizations for coming out as a gay man in this week's PEOPLE.
"We congratulate Clay for making this decision and for setting an example for others and his family," Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Tuesday morning. "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."
Originally posted 09/24/2008 07:00AM
Following the Aug. 8 birth of his son Parker, singer Clay Aiken is following through on a promise he made to himself as a new dad: to publicly acknowledge that he's gay.
"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."
Aiken says he expects the news may overwhelm some of his fans. "Whether it be having a child out of wedlock, or whether it be simply being a homosexual, it's going to be a lot," said Aiken, who returned to Broadway last week as Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot.
He adds that he hopes his fans "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."
Originally posted 08/14/2008 03:50PM
Clay Aiken's fellow American Idol stars are thrilled for the new daddy – and one even has her own baby news.
"Congratulations! I am very happy for him," Rickey Smith, 29, told PEOPLE. "He has great morals and ethics, and I think his baby will be brought up in love."
Smith added that baby Parker Foster Aiken's birthdate of Aug. 8 has a personal significance.
"My grandmother's birthday, God rest her soul, was August 8," Smith said. "I lost her, but here, another life has been born, so that's pretty memorable to me. Eight is a lucky number in my family – so tell [Clay] welcome to the family!"
Originally posted 08/13/2008 11:20AM
Clay Aiken sure has a lot to sing about lately.
The American Idol runner–up's son, Parker Foster Aiken, was born in North Carolina on Aug. 8. And now comes word that the singer will reprise his role as Sir Robin in the Broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot.
Aiken, 29, who performed the role earlier this year from January to May, will perform in the show from Sept. 19 to Jan. 4.
According to Variety, Aiken’s initial run in Spamalot "had a noticeable effect on box office. Weekly sales ... surged the week Aiken joined the cast and took a steep tumble ... after he departed."
Originally posted 08/08/2008 12:40PM
Eight is definitely enough for Clay Aiken and his best friend Jaymes Foster. The two welcomed their son Parker Foster Aiken at 8:08 a.m. on 8/08/08.
So what do all those eights add up to?
Numerology expert Daniel Hardt says the proud parents may have business on the brain for their newborn.
"Eight is a very powerful number. It's a number of mastery," says Hardt of Life Path Numerology in Indianapolis, Ind.
Originally posted 08/08/2008 10:45AM
Clay Aiken is a daddy!
The former American Idol contestant and music producer Jaymes Foster welcomed a baby boy Friday morning, the singer said in a statement on his Web site.
"HE'S HERE!" Aiken, 29, writes. "My dear friend, Jaymes, and I are so excited to announce the birth of Parker Foster Aiken (No hyphens. One first name. One middle name. One last name.)"
Parker, whose name comes from Aiken's stepfather Ray Parker, weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz. and was 19 inches long. He was born at 8:08 a.m.
"Wow ... 8:08 ... 08/08/08," added Aiken. "The little man is healthy, happy, and as loud as his daddy. Mama Jaymes is doing quite well also."
Originally posted 07/24/2008 12:40PM
Clay Aiken is just weeks away from becoming a dad, so it's only fitting that the singer and UNICEF ambassador is blogging about children's issues.
Aiken, 29, recently visited Somalia and Kenya, and has been blogging about the trip on the UNICEF Web site.
In his final posting, Aiken writes how violence during the country's election earlier this year left thousands of children homeless. And even though the unrest has decreased, many of the kids have not returned to their schools.
Originally posted 07/03/2008 02:30PM
Kelly Ripa thinks Clay Aiken has what it takes to be a good dad.
"It's great," Ripa told PEOPLE exclusively when asked about Aiken's impending fatherhood at a party Wednesday in New York City to celebrate her appearance on the July cover of Hamptons magazine. "I think he'll be a great father."
These days, Ripa is staying busy with her own three kids: Michael, 11, Lola, 7, and Joaquin, 5.
"They just started day camp and they love it," says Ripa, who attended the party with husband, Mark Consuelos. "Now little Joaquin goes with them. I was very concerned about him going, but he's having the time of his life. When I grew up we didn't have summer camp – only the bad kids got sent away. I didn't know that good kids could go to camp."
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