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Clay Aiken comes out

Clay Aiken is finally confirming what many people had suspected: He's gay.

The cover of the latest People magazine shows the Raleigh native holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: “Yes, I'm Gay.” The cover also has the quote: “I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things.”

The magazine has an interview with Aiken and confirmed that he was on the cover but refused to release the article until today.

The baby's mother is Aiken's friend and record producer Jaymes Foster.

Aiken, who gained fame as the runner-up on “American Idol” in 2003, rarely addressed the frequent rumors about his sexuality. In an interview two years ago, he said: “I don't really feel like I have anybody to answer to but myself and God and the people I love.”

The multiplatinum singer recently released the CD “On My Way Here” and made his Broadway debut this spring in “Monty Python's Spamalot.” Associated Press

Spielberg, wife fight marriage ban

Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, are the latest celebrity donors to the fight California's November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

Spielberg and Capshaw have donated $100,000 to fight Proposition8, they said in a statement Monday.

“By writing discrimination into our state constitution, Proposition8 seeks to eliminate the right of each and every citizen in our state to marry regardless of sexual orientation,” the statement said. “Such discrimination has NO place in California's constitution, or any other.”

Also known as the Marriage Protection Act, Proposition8 would amend the state constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman. If passed, it would overturn the court decision that made the state only the second in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.

Brad Pitt gave the same amount to the cause last week.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Baldwin: Anger led to ‘pig' remark

Alec Baldwin blamed his bitter custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger in part for the anger and frustration he was feeling when he berated his daughter in a phone message leaked to the media last year.

In the message, Baldwin called the 11-year-old a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” He was apparently upset that she had missed his phone call.

“I'm disappointed, I'm ashamed to say this: You get angry,” the 50-year-old actor told about 120 people Monday at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club, where he was promoting his new book, “A Promise to Ourselves.”

“I wanted to see my daughter,” he said.

In the book, Baldwin rails against the family court system in Los Angeles, offers advice based on his own experience with divorce litigation, and talks about how one parent can turn a child against another parent.

Baldwin said he has apologized to his daughter, Ireland, for the phone message, which he said was wrong and “horrified” him.

But he added that it never should have been released without his permission.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Spotted …

Charlotte Bobcat Gerald Wallace watching the Panthers game and dining with six of his friends at Morton's uptown on Sunday.

SARAH AARTHUN

Birthdays

Actor Kevin Sorbo, 50. Actress-writer Nia Vardalos, 46. Country musician Marty Mitchell, 39. Actress Megan Ward, 39. Actor Kyle Sullivan, 20.

This day in history Sept. 24

1968: The TV news magazine “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS; the undercover police drama “The Mod Squad” premiered on ABC.

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