Let's assume, though, that this is true. Yes, it's the least shocking outing in the history of coming out of the closet, but there's a bigger issue here. Why does coming out of the closet have to be a big deal? Or better yet when will the day come when it's not a big deal when a celebrity (or anyone for that matter) comes out? Anyone who had eyes knew that Clay Aiken was gay, and yet he has spent years sidestepping the issue and denying it. To me, that does more harm than good -- further enforcing the notion that gay is shameful or something to be hidden.
Now, I know it's easy for me to sit here on my "Straight Girl Throne" preaching gay pride. I've never had to hide my heterosexuality or fear that I would suffer major reprisals for my sexuality. This situation, though, is a pathetic reflection on our society that forces people to hide who they are, who treat a natural phemomenon as sinful or dirty. This is the 21st Century, people; it's time to get over our straight selves and just let people be people. And then maybe the day will come when people don't have to go on magazine covers and state the obvious.
(PS -- As the reigning Ms. Fag Hag since about 1971, I just want to say "Hey, Clay! I am such a fan of your people . . .and your people are such a fan of me. Now I know why I wept so bitterly when your American Idol crown was stolen out from under you!)