A few questions have been asked about Ricky Martin’s recent announcement that he has become the father of twin boys via a surrogate. Rumours about his sexuality have swirled for years. He’s never confirmed it.
Another pop star who has been the subject of gay rumours is American Idol runner-up Clay Aitken.
Or Gayken as my favourite gossip blogger, D-Listed, calls him.
Well, he’s now confirmed it – at the same time as introducing the world to his new son – the baby he had with his 50-year-old best friend, a woman called Jaymes Foster. It was IVF (Nicole’s Fertility Waterfall was too far from home). And I’m guessing a donor egg.
Here’s what he told People magazine this week:
On why he decided to come clean:
was the first decision I made as a father. 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."
On how he thinks his mom-jeans-wearing fans are going to handle the news:
it be having a child out of wedlock, or whether it be simply being a
homosexual, it’s going to be a lot. I’ve never intended to lie to
anybody at all. … But if they leave, I don’t want them to leave
On telling his mommy four years ago:
was dark. I was sitting there, thinking to myself. I don’t know why I
started thinking about it … I just started bawling. She made me pull
over the car and it just came out. She started crying. She was
obviously somewhat stunned. But she was very supportive and very
comforting. She still struggles with things quite a bit, but she’s come
a long way."
On raising his son Parker Foster Aiken:
have no idea if he’ll be gay or straight. It’s not something I’ll have
anything to do with, or that he’ll have anything to do with. It’s
already probably up inside the code there … No matter what the
situation you’re in, if you’re raised in a loving environment, that’s
the most important thing.
And here he is with his son doing an interview with Good Morning America yesterday:
I think it’s great. Good luck to them both and here’s hoping they have the strength to ignore the predictable biggotry that will come their way from people who think gay men shouldn’t be fathers. Anyone who goes to this much trouble to have a baby is, in my opinion, a far better candidate for parenthood than some of the deadbeat heteros who breed all too easily…..