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"I'm Proud Of My Sexuality"

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"I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear I'm gay," American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert tells the new issue of Rolling Stone. "I've been living in Los Angeles for eight years as a gay man. I've been at clubs drunk making out with somebody in the corner."

Lambert says he decided to wait to come out in Rolling Stone because it would be "cooler."

He explains, "Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, 'I'm going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler.' I didn’t want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine bullshit. I need to be able to explain myself in context. I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me."

According to Rolling Stone, Adam was open about his sexuality backstage at Idol. Lambert admits that he was nervous about coming out while Idol was still on the air because contestants are under a media embargo, preventing them from talking to reporters, and he wanted to do it on his "own terms." (He also says producers were open to him handling it however he wanted to.)

"I was worried that [coming out] would be so sensationalized that it would overshadow what I was there to do, which was sing," Lambert tells the mag. "I'm an entertainer, and who I am and what I do in my personal life is a separate thing. it shouldn't matter. Except it does. It's really confusing."

Lambert says he was inspired to audition for the Fox network singing competition after having a "psychedelic experience" at the Burning Man festival in Nevada. There, he says, he experimented with "certain funguses."

"I knew that it was my only shot to be taken seriously in the recording industry, because it's fast and broad," he says of Idol.

Despite being gay, Glambert says he enjoys attention from the ladies too. "I loved it this season when the girls went crazy for me," he says. "As far as I'm concerned, it's all hot."

Plus, Adam reveals to Rolling Stone that he had a crush on Idol winner Kris Allen during the show!

When Idol producers put him in a room to share with Allen, Lambert says his first thought was, "They put me with the cute guy. Distracting! He's the one guy I found attractive in the whole group on the show: nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type — except that he has a wife. I mean he's open-minded and liberal, but he's definitely 100% straight."

Glambert also talks about the many photos of him dressed in drag and making out with boys that leaked on the Internets. He says that he forgot to remove photos from his profile on a social network for the Burning Man festival in Nevada. "Wasn't ready for that," he says. "I've only dressed in drag three or four times. … I don't tuck and wear breasts, that's not me."

Lambert proclaims that he supports the gay-rights movement but doesn't want to be really involved. Mkay. "I'm trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader," he says.

Stereotypes about gays do annoy Adam. "Clay Aiken's gay, and I'm gay, and we couldn't be more different. The only thing that is the same about everyone in the gay community is that we're gay. … Why can't we talk about a human community?"

In addition to his homosexuality, Lambert shares other personal details with Rolling Stone.

At 21, he was in a European tour of Hair for six months. That was when he dyed his hair black. In Germany, he started smoking pot and tried Ecstasy. But he does have limits. Among his dislikes: cocaine.

"That drug is such a reflection of the lack of self-esteem and control people have over themselves and their lives," he says.

Lambert credits the FOX reality show with helping him gain self confidence.

"I finally checked into my self-worth for the first time in my life, and the fact that it coincided with Idol is so sweet," he says. "I mean, I still have moments where I think, 'Oh, my skin is terrible, and I'm a little fat — I should really go to the gym more.' But for the most part, when I look in the mirror now, I finally see somebody who can do something cool."

So, was this everything you hoped for bbs?

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229 comments to “"I'm Proud Of My Sexuality"”

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  1. 1

    You just couldnt let it go till Adam said he was gay

  2. 2

    You are the only one that was waiting with bated breath for this, Perez. It is nothing other than what we knew. As anticlimatic as Clay's coming out statement. Now, will you leave him alone to live his life?

  3. 3

    Well, that was quite groundbreaking…in that he just f'd over the Idol show so hard I can't help but smile. Go Adam

  4. 4

    Interesting, I like that he's honest, not everubody has the leadership call.. :D

  5. Alz says – reply to this


    Ok, so he 'finally' came out publicly, which is no surprise. Life can finally go on….

  6. 6

    Re: Travven – actually if you read the interview it was always Adam's plan to do so idiot.

    Re: HollywoodTown
    Then you are a pathetic excuse of a human to ever be ashamed of your sexuality.

  7. 7

    YAY! Now you're off his back Perez. Thank goodness.

  8. 8

    Patience is a virtue.. Perez! But everyone knew he was gay anyway..It's not really news

  9. Laury says – reply to this


    Everyone knew he was gay. It's people like you who forced him to officially come out of the closet. Now maybe you can let it go once and for all?

  10. 10

    Re: HollywoodTown
    Oh shut the fuck up.

  11. 11


  12. 12

    Yay for Adam

  13. 13

    I really wasn't hoping for anything. I'm glad he takes pride in who he is, and I'm glad that he came out publicly so the whole media attention thing can die down a bit. But, like he said, more than anything he's just human. I don't think it's a huge deal either way whether he's gay or straight. He'll probably go really far, on his voice and his voice alone, and good for him on that, y'know?

  14. 14

    Gay Rulezzz!!!! He's one hottie ya guys are so lucky! xoxo

  15. 15

    I adore him! What a great person! Why did the first person to comment, "Makes me ashamed to be gay," that's sad for you HollywoodTown.

  16. 16

    I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!!! (I knew Kris was his type!)

  17. 17

    It was so disgusting how you turned on him, Perez. He was always the "BEST" for AI because he was gay, but after the show when he didn't start shouting it from the rooftops, wearing rainbows and walking around with a dick constantly in his ass, you couldn't stand him again.

    The question is, was this everything YOU hoped for, Perez? Because if it wasn't, I know you'll continue your verbal diarrhea. Not everyone can be as blatantly gay as you.

  18. 18

    wow. he really did "tell all." haha. the fact that he had admitted having a crush on kris allen is bigger news than his coming out, imo.

  19. 19

    Re: [sg]BEAUX

    How did this affect Idol at all?

  20. 20

    he seems nice :) and i like that he pointed out the gay community shouldn't be seperate. you can be as proud as you like but we're all the same :)

  21. 21

    who is this fag u always go on about?

  22. 22

    Re: jellotime91 – Who's ashamed of their sexuality?

  23. 23

    I think his honesty is refreshing. He is a gay man and proud of it, but he wants to be defined by his sexuality rather than his music. Nothing wrong with that.

  24. 24

    A little gayness never hurt anyone, it's jut boys being boys.

  25. bosme says – reply to this


    Its everything I could have wanted and MORE

  26. 26

    Perez, does this do it for YOU? Are you once and for all finally finished with this bullshit. Let the man be. He said it better than anyone. He is here for the music. Let it go now. Really. You have become passe' with this bullshit.

  27. 27

    not really…. was it everything YOU hoped for?? its not a big damn deal

  28. 28

    You were the only one with your shorts in a bunch about it Perez. It was so obvious. Who cares? He's right….it's part of who he is, but it doesn't totally define him. Maybe you should try to live by that more and stop having so much gay rage.

  29. 29

    uggg, it is no surprise…but why are all the amazingly hott men gay?!? Adam…Perez…Mark Jacobs…=(

  30. 30

    well this wasn't a shock that he was gay but i didnt know he like kris Allen :P he is a hottie.

  31. 31

    this guy is SO full of himself. the glambots are the only assholes who think hes so "modest and genuine", ahhha.

  32. 32

    Awesome. His terms, his life. Good for him. I think he is a cool guy.

  33. 33

    After all that I am glad he is not "the American Idol" he is not a good example of a good person or someone who should be Idolized. Not taking away from his awesome singing abilities but, he has done a lot of not good things. I also find it funny how most gay guys think they have a chance with all straight guys.

  34. 34

    I love that he basically tells off people like you, Perez….people who were consumed with whether he was out or not, people who didn't focus on the music, people who wanted him to be a gay rights activist…..good for him!

  35. 35

    For fuck's sake. He wasn't bullied out of the closet. Read the interview and you'll see it clearly says he decided to wait to be "cool". I really couldn't care less anyway. Gay or straight, he's annoying and overrated.

  36. 36

    This is what YOU have hoped for, don't pin this on us.

  37. 37

    More like everything YOU were hoping for Perez.
    You should be ashamed of yourself for outing people and for insisting and bothering people to declare their sexual orientation. I am always happy when you go after equality and justice but, CHOICE is the word and you - of all people - have no right to make this choice for others.

  38. 38

    Love him! He seems like such a smart and open minded guy, it's refreshing. Can't wait to hear the record he puts out. I'm sure it will be incredible!

  39. 39

    "everything you hoped for"? Are you serious? You are the only one who was making a big fuss about this. gay or straight, it doesn't matter one way or the other for all I care. I don't know why you were so negative towards him and others in your community for not sending out press releases regarding their sexuality. Shame on you! I care about what this guy does in his bedroom about as much as I care about Paris Hilton's bedroom antics. I don't care and don't need to know!

  40. 40

    I knew he had a crush on Kris Allen!!!

  41. 41

    Lambert's gay? NO WAY!!! Obviously, the point is–was it everything YOU hoped for, Perez?

  42. 42

    I liked what he had to say. I agree that if he would've confirmed his sexuality during the contest it would've distracted from what they were there to do–SING! Ray Charles could tell that he's gay, but that doesn't mean he has to (no pun intended) shove it down everyone's throat….

  43. 43

    I don't care if he's gay. I LOVE ADAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. 44

    I don't think it is being gay that most people oppose to. Most people could care less what you do when you go into your bedroom and close the door. It's flamboyant activities that turn people off. If you want to be treated equally then act like an equal person. You don't have to have an upper level math degree to understand that equation. Acting civilized and normal in public usually involves couples clean and bathed and walking hand in hand and maby exchanging a kiss acceptable for public consumption. But putting your hands all over another's behind and allowing pics to be taken of it, is not.

  45. 45

    Who cares anymore who is gay & who is not? I don't think it makes one bit of difference. So he's gay….AND? Nothing. It doesn't change anything. It doesn't make him a different person. It doesn't change my perception of him. So what…he's gay.

  46. 46

    I LOVE WHAT HE SAID!! He always does this so perfect, he was born to be interviewed. And that thing w/ Kris - OMG LOLOLOLOLOLLOL I love you Adam, srsly bb, I love u. Don't ever change who u are! Love u!

  47. 47

    Adams still so hot

  48. 48

    Homosexuals are not exactly an under-represented minority in the entertainment industry. You aren't exactly moving the gay agenda along by getting singers to make press releases about sex.

  49. 49

    OK, I am going f-ing crazy over this I LOVE IT SO FUCKING MUCH!!! It was more than I ever hoped for, thank you Lambert! For being so effing honest and cool and cute and fun and entertaining and amazing!!! You can't be real, can you?? I love you!!!

  50. 50

    About time, maybe you can stop posting so much about him now. It did shock me a bit that he admitted that he had a crush on Chris. Chris does look a bit alike his bf.

  51. 51

    very cool

  52. 52

    So, he held his tongue for Rolling Stone.
    Didn't know they still had that kind of money.

  53. 53

    im jealous of the two guys in purple pants in that photo!

    i love love love adam lambert!! ahhhhh!

  54. 54

    Ahh I loved it! I love that he had a crush on Kris! LOL!!! The only thing I was suprised about was all the drug use… not cool really. But good for him for coming out officially!

  55. 55

    He looks like carrot top with black hair >.

  56. 56

    Im happy he has enough confidence to speak about himself in such an open way, but still feel bad for him that he feels the pressure of people like Perez who constantly hassle him for things that just do not matter. He should realize how talented he is and I think he is really beginning to believe in himself. I hope everyone supports him for his amazing voice and not scrutinize his personal choices. I think he is absolutely incredible, and deserves the cover of Rolling Stone hands down.
    Love you adam!

  57. 57

    Is it everything YOU hoped for? You are the only idiot that was obsessed with him saying the words. We did not need for him to 'say" anything. Did you not hear that actions speak a thousand words?

  58. 58

    No offense but straight people don't need to come out on the cover of magazines. Why do gay people need to? I'm so shocked Adam is gay. Not really. I don't have a problem with that being his way of life. But no one wants straight people on the cover of magazines saying they are straight. Why not?

  59. 59

    I just love him. I think he's awesome. Love him as a person, love him for being honest, love the way he thinks, love how he handles himself, love his perspective that it's a human community. Bravo, Adam! Best of luck and love to you!

  60. 60

    He wanted to do it on his own terms, not by being bullied Pretzle!

  61. 61

    Perez, if you had not bullied him, I wonder if he would have come out? Your treatment of this poor guy has turned me off the gay rights movement. Attaining equality through any possible means–like by bullying some guy to publicize his sexuality–makes you just as bigoted and obnoxious as the people who think gays should not have the same rights as the rest of us.

  62. 62

    Re: HollywoodTown – He makes you ashamed to be gay?? Grow up. This man has changed the way millions of people all across America look at gay people, for the better. He has made us ask ourselves why we even need someone to confirm his/her sexuality. I think Adam Lambert is amazing and I love his candor in this interview… keep it up, Adam!!!!

  63. 63

    Once again,


  64. 64

    well now you got your wish Perez, now leave the boy alone…

    that Rolling Stone cover is effing hot!! and nice to learn more about Adam's past… now let's look into his future!

  65. 65

    so so sexy. oh and adam your skin is perfect and you are definetly not fat!

  66. 66

    Gosh, this guy has ALOT OF CLASS! LOVE HIM!! I am not a fan of his singing but his honesty and his outlook is inspiring!!! Perez, try to be a class act like this guy, I love his honesty, he's very interesting, love his idea of pro humanity not simply gay activist, you can learn a thing or two from him, perez

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  68. 68

    professional life is different from personal life…to glambert: know your boundaries always..good luck with your career! you really need to be strong in this cruel and unjust world…..

  69. 69

    He is chunky, he is hairy, the face skin is bad and he would look much better with his original hair color. Oh yeah, and he's proud of being sandwiched by two guys. Between his bathroom and bedroom…..a BIG YUK.

  70. 70

    Uh yeah Perez I think that the only person that was hoping for this is you. No one else really cares. The homophobes don't want to hear it and the liberal (& smart) people don't believe that a person's sexuality really matters. You're the only one who cares, hun. Now stop posting about Lambert. He lost. He won't sell many records. The end.

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  72. 72

    It's a good thing that he "came out" after the show, in this interview he shows lack of self respect and respect for others and shows why he never deserved to be an idol. He is not an example to follow, he got a revelation after experimenting with certain fungus??? WTF??? HE had a crush on Allen, I'm sure his wife will appreciate that one… he comes accross as a complete idiot!
    He knew that by stretching his gay status he will stand out and why spill the beans for free when Rolling Stones can give him a cover and some juicy money for the "exclusive"?
    I totally lose respect for him and not because he is gay but because he is an idiot!

  73. 73

    wasn't hoping for anything, except for you to shut up about it — like he said, it shouldn't matter, but it does — whatever — hoping perez can just stop talking about it

  74. 74

    I woulda liked the interviewed if not for all the drug talk. Way to go

  75. 75

    you happy now perez? now can you please shut the fuck up about this and move on to more relevant issues like his talent and music?
    oh and how about some press for kris too so the adam-haters would shut up about the media being biased and blame everything on this Fantastic Man

  76. 76

    i think now that he has "officially" come out, the buzz around him would die down. sad as it is, people wont talk about him anymore because he just debunked the rumors. 15 minutes are sticking…

  77. 77

    wow. i haven't been this shocked since clay aiken came out!! I NEVER SAW THAT COMING!…..now can u drop dead mario????

  78. 78

    An honest Celeb, cool, I'll make it a point to buy his CD.

  79. 79

    I love him. He's so real and honest. You can tell the process he went through. Of course, he'll speak for Gay rights. He doesn't want to be the spokesman, because if he claims to be you GAYS will just hate him because he's not the right type of gay.

  80. 80

    Perez is confused. He thinks his mission in life is to out gays, but it's not. His mission in life is to support gays WHEN and IF they come out. Otherwise, STFU Perez!

  81. 81

    Now…can you let it GO now, Perez!!!??? He has admitted what we already knew. So get off his back and get back to pissing on Lezlo.

  82. 82

    Re: cookielove – FOR THE BETTER? OMG, all he has done is reinforced stereotypes! Based on this interview, he sounds like a self-absorbed, druggie slut who sings in musicals and dresses like a woman. OMG, rednecks across the country are rejoicing.

  83. 83


  84. 84

    Re: Samantha07 – I totally agree with you, to me is disgusting to think about some gay guy having a crush on my boyfriend and thinking they can lure him into a gay night… ewwww! Gays should respect their territory!

  85. 85

    And you wonder why he lost Idol. Can you really see that as a role model for America? Wow you're disgusting Mario.

  86. 86

    This was more than I hoped for. I love how he thinks the girls screaming for him is hot and beautiful. He's the coolest spokesman for Gay rights. He does it be living it. Not screaming it. So Beautiful.

  87. 87


    seriously, perez? i fucking knew he was gay the moment he fucking came on the tv screen. you're fucking pathetic for dragging this out so long. if you didnt know he was gay then you should obviously go die. he has to be one of the most flamboyant guys out there.

  88. 88

    Re: cookielove – Really? I think this guy harmed the gay movement by choosing to come out after a juicy proposal by Rolling Stones, his choice of words are creepy: 'I've been at clubs drunk making out with somebody in the corner', He was part of a family show and meant to be a national idol, you don't see a national idol making out in clubs with some random guy, I don't care if he is gay or straight, I care that his revelations imply that he is a promiscous person who has no boundaries (K. Allen crush) and know nothing about limits (drug use and abuse).
    Thank GOD he is NOT the American Idol!

  89. 89

    blah. with all the hatred you threw @ Adam, who is the ONLY good gay rolemodel of American Idol….I'm completely over this "story".

    You ruined it for me Perez with all your hateful spatter towards Adam

    Instead of embracing the only guy who is openly gay on this show in what….5-10 years???? you completely bash him & hate on him.

    And you ask "is this what you hoped for bbs"????????????????? what the fuck? no one was asking BUT YOU, you fucking asshole. we all knew, but of course you feel you have to out everyone.

    you give the gay community a bad name by being so disrespectful………………….you should be ashamed.

  90. 90

    Re: cookielove – Really? I think this guy harmed the gay movement by choosing to come out after a juicy proposal by Rolling Stones, his choice of words are creepy: 'I've been at clubs drunk making out with somebody in the corner', He was part of a family show and meant to be a national idol, you don't see a national idol making out in clubs with some random guy, I don't care if he is gay or straight, I care that his revelations imply that he is a promiscous person who has no boundaries (K. Allen crush) and know nothing about limits (drug use and abuse).
    Thank GOD he is NOT an American Idol!

  91. 91

    Re: Miryyyy – are you joking?! he's defintely going to outsell kris allen.

  92. 92

    Well said, Glam! Great interview. And this is profound: "That drug (cocaine) is such a reflection of the lack of self-esteem and control people have over themselves and their lives. Very true. I really like him now.

  93. SuzyP says – reply to this


    Hey Perez….are YOU satisfied with that? That's what I want to know. Love u.

  94. 94

    Re: In love with you – Sheesh! I know. Marc Jacobs *swoon* Delish!

  95. 95

    LMFAOOOOO its about time

  96. 96

    Re: Kate27_haters make me stronger :) – Carrie Underwood was in clubs making out with random men. …just sayin'.

  97. 97

    my question is, are you satisfied perez? you pressed and pressed the fact, as if it was going to help your cause. i think you owe him an apology. he doesnt want to be a poster child for being gay. so just leave him alone and let the dude try to be successful with the harsh critics of america.

  98. 98

    He is such a fucking loser I'm glad he didn't win. And he's a major asshole get a life freak.

  99. 99

    Re: Genghis Khan – The most correct statement ever stated came from one of the most evil men to ever rule the world. Genghis Khan, kudos to you, sir.

  100. 100

    liebe Adam :)

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