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New dad Aiken reveals to magazine that he's gay

Clay Aiken appears on the cover of the latest People magazine holding his infant son, Parker Foster Aiken, with the headline: "Yes, I'm Gay."

The 29-year-old former American Idol runner-up, multiplatinum recording artist and Broadway star credits his son, conceived by in vitro fertilization with friend and producer Jaymes Foster, with making him realize that he could no longer hide his homosexuality from the world.

"It was the first decision I made as a father," Aiken told the magazine, which arrives on newsstands tomorrow. "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."

Aiken, who rose to fame on Idol in 2003, has long been the subject of rumors and tabloid fodder that he was gay, but usually refused to acknowledge them. In an interview with the Associated Press two years ago, he said of the talk: "I don't really feel like I have anybody to answer to but myself and God and the people I love."

Aiken said he told his family that he was gay four years ago.

Stone loses custody bid

Actress Sharon Stone has lost another round of custody proceedings over her eldest son.

A San Francisco judge denied her request for primary custody of 8-year-old Roan, who has been living with his father, newspaper executive Phil Bronstein. The couple divorced in 2004 after six years of marriage.

The judge ruled Sept. 12 that Bronstein's home is more stable and structured, reaffirming a 2007 court order that the executive vice president of the San Francisco Chronicle has permanent sole custody of Roan.

Stone retains visitation rights. Stone has two other sons, Laird and Quinn, whom she adopted on her own.

Something in the water?

Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman said swimming in Australian Outback waterfalls may promote fertility and might have contributed to her unexpected pregnancy over the past year.

The 41-year-old Aussie, who gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose with husband Keith Urban in July, said she and six other women who swam in the waters of a small Outback town during production of the epic romance Australia became pregnant.

"I never thought that I would get pregnant and give birth to a child, but it happened on this movie," Kidman told The Australian Women's Weekly in an exclusive interview for the magazine's 75th anniversary edition, released yesterday.

"Seven babies were conceived out of this film, and only one was a boy. There is something up there in the Kununurra water because we all went swimming in the waterfalls, so we can call it the fertility waters now."

Confessions of Lohan

Lindsay Lohan has confirmed what the world has guessed: She's been dating Samantha Ronson "a very long time."

The 22-year-old actress casually told the co-host of the syndicated radio program Loveline on Monday that she's been dating the 31-year-old disc jockey. The pair have appeared in public and been photographed together but have never publicly commented about the extent of their relationship.

"You guys, you and Samantha, have been going out for how long now?" DJ Ted Stryker asked. "Like two years, one year, five months, two months?"

"For a very long time," Lohan said after laughing.

But will Dylan show up?

The CW has picked up 90210, a contemporary spinoff of the original Beverly Hills, 90210, for a full season, the network announced Monday. The show's two-hour debut Sept. 2 was watched by 4.9 million viewers, making it the highest-rated scripted series premiere in the network's history, and it has been gaining in the target female demos.

The premiere included familiar faces Shannen Doherty (Brenda) and Jennie Garth (Kelly) returning to the old ZIP code to greet the Wilson family consisting of Beverly Hills newcomers Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds, Rob Estes and Lori Loughlin. And it was revealed last week that Dylan is the father of Kelly's son.

From Sun news services

birthdays

TV journalist Barbara Walters, 79.

Actor Michael Douglas, 64.

Actress Heather Locklear, 47.

Actor Will Smith, 40.

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 39.

Rapper T. I., 28.

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