Former "Idol" star Clay Aiken welcomes a son

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, who has gone onto a singing career, said his “dear friend,” music producer Jaymes Foster, gave birth on Friday to a son fathered by Aiken.

Aiken, 29, wrote on his Web site that his child, named Parker Foster Aiken, was born at a hospital in North Carolina.

“My dear friend, Jaymes, and I are so excited to announce the birth of Parker Foster Aiken,” he said.

The singer added that Parker is “healthy, happy and as loud as his daddy” and that Foster “is doing quite well.”

Aiken was a runner-up on the second season of No. 1-rated TV talent show “American Idol” in 2003. In January he debuted in the Broadway musical “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte