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Apparently Clay Aiken Was Out Before He Came Out?

There was this misconception that I was not out. I was in ‘Spamalot’ and everyone knew, but I don’t necessarily want to sit at a table with strangers and tell them. When you come out, you do it with people you are comfortable with. I definitely do see the liberation and understand the rationalization of people wanting me to be out. On the other hand, I wouldn’t say that coming out has made me happier because that implies I was not happy before and I was.

—Clay Aiken, who’s in the middle of his Tried and True Tour, takes the Jonathan Knight approach to celebrity’s coming out: just because he didn’t announce it doesn’t mean he was in the closet. Uh huh. [via]