The Liberation of Adam Lambert, The Rolling Stone Cover Issue: “I’m Gay”

American Idol’s glamtastic runner-up Adam Lambert opens up in the next issue of Rolling Stone, speaking frankly about his sexuality, though he doesn’t think his revelation is particularly shocking. “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” Lambert says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, hitting newsstands this week.

The flamboyant Idol singer hits our cover and bares all, talking about his childhood (”I started to realize I wasn’t like every other boy,” he says), the drug-fueled Burning Man epiphany that led him to AI (”I realized that we all have our own power, and that whatever I wanted to do, I had to make happen,” he tells RS) and his run on the show (”I was like, ‘I’m going to glue rhinestones on my eyelids, bitch!’ “). And yes, he talks about his sexuality. “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,’ ” he tells us. “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,” Lambert adds. “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.” Ultimately, however Lambert tells RS contributor Vanessa Grigoriadis that there are other parts of his life that he’s trying to keep front and center. “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader,” he says.

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Kris Allen’s Thoughts on Idol and the Future

American Idol Kris Allen charmed viewers all season long with his guy-next-door appeal and ability to rework popular songs into new works of art. On a press call soon after his win, Kris opened up about life as a newlywed, the winning song, and his future album.

Kris’ first audition was a very scary experience for him. He drove to the stadium and waited for 14 hours because he was in one of the last groups to audition. He was so sick that day that he couldn’t talk, and remained silent for the 14 hours. Something you many not have known is that Kris auditioned for American Idol with his brother. He said to his brother while they were waiting for their turn, “I really hope you get through because there’s no way I’m getting through.” Kris thought his audition was okay, but he was really surprised he was put through to the next round.

Kris married his high school sweetheart, Katy, just 8 months ago. It’s been a wild ride since he’s been involved with Idol throughout the length of their marriage, but they have a strong foundation from being together so many years. Katy has talked about quitting her job now that Kris is the American Idol, but she wouldn’t work for Kris. She has her own interests which include acting and charity work. Kris will support his wife with her endeavors the way she supported him throughout his Idol journey.

After Kris was crowned the American Idol of Season 8, he said “Adam deserved this.” Kris explained on the call that he thought Adam deserved it just as much as he did, and that Adam “was the most … read more

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