Announcing the birth of his son Parker born on Aug 8th singer Clay Aiken is also publicly acknowledging that he’s gay. Appearing on the cover of People, on newsstands Friday, Aiken reveals “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.”

For the first photos of Parker and more of Clay’s deeply candid interview about fatherhood, coming out, and his message for the Claymates, pick up the upcoming issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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