Says Simon, "Wow, that's a shock. It's like being told Santa Clause isn't real - unbelievable."
Wait a minute.
Santa Clause isn't real??????
Putting his delicious nastiness aside, Cowell added, "Good for him. If he said it, it's the right thing for him. Good for him."
What advice does Simon have for the Gayken???
"Make a good record," says Cowell. "He's got a good voice…He's on the front cover of People. He's still popular."
Gosh, Simon does have a heart! A teensy-tiny little itty-bitty one, because when asked if Clay asked him to be Parker's godfather, he replied, "I think I'd be the last person on Earth he'd call."
Identifying with Aiken's situation, Lance Bass was totally congratulatory. "I think it's amazing," says the former 'Nsync-er. " He's probably heard it all before… He's just going to be living his life like he wants to. Everyone's going to be very supportive and he's going to be the happiest he's ever been."
But will it hurt his female fan base?
Lance was reassuring.
"I swear, when I came out, I had more female fans."
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