After years of dodging questions, former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken will acknowledge he is a gay man in an interview with People magazine set to run on its Web site Wednesday, according to media reports.I can recall an old acquaintance telling me, she was a flight attendant at the time, how Aiken was on one her flights and threw big diva, hissy-fit when a couple of passengers asked for his autograph. That said, my feelings are that Clay Aiken chose homosexuality for an alternative lifestyle long before he auditioned for "American Idol", but kept it a "secret" because he was afraid it might cost him a shot at winning. Then too Aiken had to be smart enough to know that his doing so well on "Idol" was mostly due to the huge following he was gaining from the Christian conservative crowd who bought his quiet "Peter Pan" act hook, line and sinker. After finishing runner-up to Ruben Studdard in season two of "Idol", when Aiken went to pursue a professional music career, his Christian base stood by him, buying his records (in turn, making him rich), defending him against homosexual rumors (wish Aiken denied himself) as well as the gay mafia's wishes for him to "come out". All the while Aiken played coy with his religious beliefs while essentially becoming a "Christian" music artist as his many gospel songs can attest to.
Celebrity site Perezhilton.com on Tuesday published a photo of the cover of People magazine's upcoming issue on which Aiken cradles his new son, Parker Foster Aiken, in his arms.
The caption reads "Yes, I'm Gay," and underneath is a quote from Aiken on his decision to come out of the closet that says: "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things."
In August this year, Aiken's friend, music producer Jaymes Foster, gave birth to the baby fathered by Aiken.
So forget what Aiken says are the reasons he "came out" now, because it's really all about strategy. Like many other past "AI" winners, Aiken popularity has dwindled over the years and he isn't selling that many records anymore. Plus he just became a "dad" for the first time via artificial insemination. What better way to stay relevant than to hop from the Christian conservative crowd that no longer supports you (esp. after word got out that Aiken was browsing the internet for gay sex a few years back) to the "Gay American" ilk who undoubtedly will have no problem accepting Aiken with open arms while exploiting what's left of his fame to further their immoral agenda. Lying and deceiving the public, it all works out out in the end, especially if you're a liberal.