Our beloved Glambert recently opened up about his post-American Idol success, his feelings on his sexuality, and his FABOOSH performance style, as well as the advice he's been given from some HUGE pop icons!
On Lady GaGa:
"She told me about the previous three years. She worked really, really hard before she made it. She told me there's no glamour, you don't get a lot of sleep, you don't get a lot of stability in your social life - you just have to count on yourself and go for it. It was a good pep talk. And she was right."
"She told me that you can't get wrapped up in all the media and message boards, that everyone's going to have an opinion. People will criticize you especially when you're doing it well. You can't do much better than getting career advice from Madonna. She's the queen, right? I've learnt there are plenty of challenges, but if you work hard enough you can arrive. You find a spot for yourself and get to communicate with your art and hopefully inspire people. That's what I'm working towards."
On his style, being a gay icon:
"I think my style has an international flavour. It's not your typical Americana type of performing. Internationally I don't think people shy away from flamboyance as much as Americans might. I'm very comfortable with my sexuality and I have no qualms talking about it. It's important for me to be bold about it. There are not a lot of examples of that in pop culture. I'm happy to fill that role. But I did an interview the other day and every question was a sensationalized question about being gay and the gay lifestyle. There's a fine line. As open as I am to mentioning it, I'm not a gay spokesman. I'm a singer. I'm an entertainer who happens to be gay. I'm going to work hard with the next album to make that the message. When the first line is 'Openly gay singer Adam Lambert …' it gets a little frustrating. The singer part should definitely come first. That's what I do."
We think you're going to have a long and very successful career, and we can't wait to hear your new material!
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