Clay Aiken (finally) admits he’s gay

Clay Aiken revealed the most unshocking news ever today: He’s gay. He’s coming out on the cover of People magazine, which according to the AP will say, “Yes, I’m Gay,” with the quotation, “I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things.”

Clay recently became a father of a boy, Parker Foster Aiken, via artificial insemination. People is holding the story until 7 a.m., allowing time for any remaining Claymate holdouts to enjoy the feeling of keeping their heads in the sand.

The American Idol 2 runner-up is now the most high-profile contestant on the show to come out; previously, Jim Verrraros came out, as did RJ Helton. This past season, finalist David Hernandez was revealed to be a stripper at a gay club, but he didn’t come out.

Two years ago, six months after a man said he had unprotected sex with Clay in a hotel room, Clay refused to confirm or deny that he was gay on Good Morning America. He said, “It’s what I do in my private life is nobody’s business anymore. Period. You know? It’s one thing to try to be open and talk to people and try to share as much as I can, and of course I want to do that. But at some point, it becomes just really rude, you know?”

And at some point, apparently, it just becomes so uninteresting that it makes sense to start talking about it so people will pay attention to you again.

Clay Aiken comes out: ‘Yes, I’m gay’ [AP]

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