This week, Clay Aiken decided to announce that he was gay. His decision to "come out" was prompted by his son's birth last month to his longtime friend Jaymes Foster, sister of megamusic producer David Foster. "I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things," he told People magazine.
Well, Clay, you got us thinking. Does that mean we all need to start shouting our own lies from the rooftops in order to teach our children the virtues of honesty? Perhaps. But some of us here at Momlogic think some skeletons are best left in the closet.
Here are some of the worst lies our staff members have told:
"When I was in college, I was on a flight that got canceled and it was going to be hours until they were going to get us on another flight. Desperate to get back to school, I totally mustered up tears and started crying and told the gate agent that I had to get home to my 'father's funeral.' They marched me right on to the next flight and sat me in first class. I still feel horrible about it!"
"I used to pretend I was a 1/4 black."
"When I was five years old I pretended I couldn't see the board in class. My parents took me to eye doctor and I lied and said that I couldn't see that either. The doctor said, 'I'm sorry, but your daughter's gone blind.' Clearly, I wanted attention."
"When I fart, I always tell my husband that one of our dogs did it because he gets really mad if they smell bad..."
"My friend was visiting my husband and I, and totally had sex with another friend of ours. But she was married! And she made me swear I wouldn't tell my husband. It was the worst lie ever. She and I are no longer friends."
"I once -- accidentally -- set off an alarm during a party at a very expensive Hollywood home, and it stopped the party for a little while. The homeowner thought the person next to me did it, and since I didn't know that person well, I let him take the fall instead of me. It wasn't a huge deal, but the host was pretty mad at that guy and probably didn't invite him back."
"When I was in high school I was secretly dating my best friend's boyfriend. One day she called and asked where I was. I told her I was housesitting for a neighbor, which was true ... but what I didn't tell her was that her boyfriend was with me. But when she called my house, my mom told her she thought I was with her. I got caught!"
What's YOUR worst lie? We want to know!