Adam Lambert already told Out magazine editor Aaron Hicklin to “chill.” To chill! HAHAHA. We love Lambert because he lives in the 80s. But, this is curious: For a guy attacked by Out for having his image over-manipulated by a group of handlers, Lambert certainly isn’t letting anyone put an end to his tongue lashings. His most brutal so far?
After Out‘s Hicklin railed against the singer for only agreeing to be part of the Out 100 after his handlers insisted he appear on the magazine with a hetero, and that the interview not be “gay-gay,” Lambert responded as all celebrities do now: via Twitter. But that wasn’t the end of the feud.
Hicklin “really crossed a line,” says Lambert to Entertainment Weekly.
What people don’t realize is, I am managing my image, more than maybe the editor of OUT magazine likes to give anybody credit for. My team is a team. And I really feel fortunate that 19 Management and Simon Fuller said to me, from the get-go, “We want to do what you want to do. You need to tell us how you want to do things, what interests you have,” and they’ve been incredibly supportive of me. I really mean it. I’m not being puppeted around. I didn’t want to jump onto a gay magazine as my first thing, because I feel like that’s putting myself in a box and limiting myself. It was my desire to stay away from talking about certain political and civil rights issues because I’m not a politician. I’m an entertainer. That is not my area of expertise. I can talk about relationships and personal experiences because as an artist those things involve writing lyrics and that part of my process. But I didn’t feel comfortable talking about the March on Washington. I didn’t feel comfortable, so I asked my publicist to ask the interviewer to stay away from the political questions. I take full responsibility for that. I think that the editor has his agenda and has his opinions, which I respect, but they’re not necessarily my opinions. And I wish there was a little respect for that. Not every gay man is the same gay man.
Well, that statement does reveal one thing: It was Lambert who told his 19 Entertainment handlers to keep the magazine at bay with certain issues.
But it also reveals something much larger: Out just lost access to the biggest new gay celebrity in the world. That is a big deal.
If Glamour or Elle somehow manages to piss off Cameron Diaz or Sienna Miller, so what — not every skinny actress is repped by the same firms, and they can find a new cover model for net month’s issue.
For Out‘s Hicklin (pictured), there are much slimmer pickings for openly gay entertainment stars. And while the magazine doesn’t only stick to queer artists (rather, they cover any artist with queer appeal), it’s quite shocking to see Regent/Here Media’s best-known brand burn bridges with America’s best-known homo singer. None of this means Out will stop covering Lambert. Quite the contrary: The singer opened the door for the magazine to continue reporting on Lambert’s career minutia. But they’ll have to do it with write-arounds.