No secret here: Adam Lambert is gay! And finally, he’s put to rest what some describe as “speculation” — or which we describe as “concerted avoidance to confirm” — that he’s gay. ““I’m proud of my sexuality,” Lambert tells Rolling Stone. “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.” But keep in mind: “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.” Not until we recruit you!
On the photo “scandal” of him in drag making out with his ex-boyfriend: “Wasn’t ready for that. … I’ve only dressed in drag three or four times. … I don’t tuck and wear breasts, that’s not me.”
On bunking with Kris Allen: “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.”
On his wardrobe: “I was like, ‘I’m going to glue rhinestones on my eyelids, bitch!'”
On being compared to Clay Aiken: “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?”
On growing up gay:: “I started to realize I wasn’t like every other boy.”
On his lady fans: “”I loved it this season when the girls went crazy for me,” he says. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s all hot.”
On coming out after the show: “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.”
Dislikes: Cocaine. “That drug is such a reflection of the lack of self-esteem and control people have over themselves and their lives.”
(Oh, and congrats on the record deal.)
BONUS: Behind the scenes video of his photo shoot. He does his own hair! It’s on the next page (video autos-starts).