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Adam Lambert: I'm Gay (Rolling Stone Cover)

Adam Lambert: I'm Gay (Rolling Stone Cover)

Adam Lambert officially comes out of the closest in the the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands tomorrow. Here’s a preview of his interview:

On coming out: “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay…. I’m proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It’s just another part of me [But] I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.”

On realizing he was gay growing up: “I started to realize I wasn’t like every other boy. I realized that we all have our own power, and that whatever I wanted to do, I had to make happen.”

On his run on American Idol:”I was like, ‘I’m going to glue rhinestones on my eyelids, b—-!’ Right after the finale, I almost started talking about [being gay] 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 bulls—. I need to be able to explain myself in context… 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 getting attention from fangirls: “I loved it this season when the girls went crazy for me. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all hot.”

On sharing a bedroom with Idol winner 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 gaining self-confidence through Idol: “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. 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.”

Check out a video of the cover shoot at Bigger cover pics inside…

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  • aub

    Omg, no crap he’s gay.

  • Dominica

    good for him. it’s a free country and there’s room for all of us, every stripe!

  • emily

    Haha,nothing changed,he always who he is,I always love my adam.

  • Sarah

    OMG, I don’t even care if he is gay I still luv luv luv him he is so cute and the fact that i can’t have him makes him even more hot!!!

  • Strepsi

    He never said he hit on Kris, fool. He said it was distracting, which… well, he’s an adorable monchichi, of course it would be! The only person who might not find Kris distracting would be Scott. Adam sounds really honest, and the fact he had low self-esteem looking at his bad skin… who hasn’t been there? Way to go Adam!!!!

  • chris

    i LOVE Adam! he’s super talented. i can care less that he’s gay. we’re all human…who cares!

  • Lily

    OMG, I LOVE this man even more now, didn’t think it was possible… Love his talent, love his honesty, love him as a man – gay or not gay

  • Meream

    What a great interview. I love how he was candid about Kris. Hahaha.

  • Jessie

    Oh what a suprise:-D But I still LOOOVE him. Is it just me or he looks extremely hot on the cover!!

  • http://megsshop Jolie Hot Chin not

    wow, he’s hot. and kudos for coming out.

  • Emelie

    Adam, you rock!!!!!
    I love Adam for who he is. I couldn’t care less if he is gay or not. I’m interested in his singing. He is VERY talented and he seem to be really sweet. I can’t wait to buy this magazine and read what he had to say. I’m sure it’s going to be a great interview!!
    Btw, VERY HOT cover!!!

  • http://megsshop Jolie Hot Chin not

    i’d still hit it and i’m a straight woman. your fans love you no matter what adam!


    “I started to realize I wasn’t like every other boy. I realized that we all have our own power, and that whatever I wanted to do, I had to make happen.”

  • ganymede30324

    So the boyfriend wasn’t enough of a clue?


    You’d still hit it? (from a female) Yuck. Gay men can only take so much flattery………

  • vanessa

    haha I love the part about Kris.
    I adore adam, I cant wait to see what he does in the furture…oh and I think kris should get the cover of rolling stone also, I mean he did win. hah

  • mel

    @Jake G:
    Yeah,c’mon Jake, come out and enjoy your life, look at what you are missing, dump that ugly b*itch and go for Adam, he is way better looking than her, you both would make a great couple.

  • angel

    Love you, ADAM! You’re a beautiful human being inside and out. Wish you all the luck. You are a consummate entertainer and a sensational phenomenon and a total entertainer. Go ADAM!

  • Kelly

    @Nasty: Alright, you’ve said it twice now and still no one cares. Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean your opinion of Adam means anything more than anyone elses.

  • Simone

    what a way to come out.
    I mean we already knew it but seriously cool way to say “hey, I’m gay.”
    God I love this guy, why aee gay guys always hot!

  • Sean

    Wow. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather. I’m shocked@@!!

  • elle


    Kris Allen would never get the cover, just my opinion. And Rolling Stone is hard and edgy, more music-oriented. Kris is puppies dogs and butterflies, and we hardly noticed he existed until Top 3. The magazine *does* have a reputation to uphold.


    Because he is hot topic right now, people WANT TO KNOW MORE. He breathed LIFE into a DULL CORNY AND ETERNALLY BORING TV SHOW CALLED AMERICAN IDOL. (He is better than you.) Stop being bitter and accept it. If you don’t like it, then don’t by a copy. Sheesh.

    DANG THE HATERS COME IN FULL FORCE! *sets Adam bombs at ready* LOL. Whatever. We true fans love him anyway. BTW, Kris fans. STOP BEING BITTER. Kris won Idol, he sang at NBA, Walmart etc. Adam got RS cover and YHA. Why are you so bitter? I think it’s pretty fair. I DON’T think you’re a true fan of Kris if you keep putting Adam down, because Kris and Adam are FRIENDS, and they respect each other. Boo Kris fans who bash Adam. Kris is ashamed of you being his fan.

    Anyway. MY TAKE ON THIS.
    Adam got this cover, because he needed to clear up some things ON HIS OWN TERMS. He couldn’t be “out” DURING the American Idol season mainly because they are UNDER CONTRACT. Even his parents were under contract, goodness. So he was never in the closet, American Idol just kept that topic under wraps.

    In addition, the Rolling Stone cover is hella-cool. A++++, Adam for choosing RS to tell us WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW. And looking hot while doing so. Nice work.

    True fans will support you in the things that you do, and in being who you are. I’m proud to be your fan 100%. Haters to the LEFT! *megakick*

  • naomi

    who the hell cares if he’s gay,i love him,and his sexuality should have nothing to do with how amazing he is….

  • peaches

    Adam is looking HOT on this cover! He is a SUPERSTAR! Rock on Adam! Everyone wants a piece of him! Love his talent!

  • Kathy K

    Talent-wise, singing-wise it matters not that he’s gay. The difference between Adam and Elton John or George Michael is that they were established stars when they came out. Adam is taking somewhat of a risk coming out before he’s a big star. Another factor is that women are mad for this guy. There are probably a lot of depressed women who hoped against hope that he would surprise everyone and say he was bi-sexual. Now that that is off the table, he’ll be judged as he should be by his talents which are in a different stratosphere than most other entertainers. Hope the best for him. Maybe the female fans will hope he encounters a dream girl he will not be able to resist! Can you tell I’m one of them!?

  • unknown!

    big deal if hes gay! lol the guy is hotttt <3
    &&& im okay if im inluv with a gay guy. plus his voice is incredibleeee1!! ilyyadam<3

  • unknown!

    big deal if hes gay! lol the guy is hotttt <3
    &&& im okay if im inluv with a gay guy. plus his voice is incredibleeee1!! ilyyadam<3

  • http://LovinandLivingOutofCloset Steve atkinson Sr

    I am so hot for this kids talent and his gayness. I have been hiding
    in my closet for years, yearning for the right man to stick it to me,
    I have a hardon for him Steve Atkinson, Mantua NJ 609 685 0035

  • maria

    Adam is so hot!!!! And the cover is amazing.

  • Karen


    It’s nice to read such a refreshing, non-biased comment about Adam Lambert. It became apparent very early on that Adam was gay. He wanted to be judged on his talent and not someone fighting for gay rights. He is a musician, as he said, and not an activist.
    Clay Aiken was also on the front of Rolling Stone when he came out. You’d have to ask them why…but it’s pretty obvious to me, it sells magazines.
    I am sad that Adam lost votes to the homophobes and “Christians” who couldn’t deal with a gay, Jewish Idol. So much for the equality in this country. I think Adam is the best thing to hit American Idol, and I will really enjoy watching his career soar. He deserved to win but being second won’t keep him from enormous success.


    Kris should have been on the cover he won AI

  • BAbygirl

    He is an amazing singer! People should NOT judge him by his sexuality, but by his voice! GIVE HIM A BREAK PEOPLE! He deserves support from his fans not bitching!

  • sick fag

    yeah he tried to hid it and couldent thats why he didnt win hahaha. He says he has a crush on Chris how sick. Im tired fags that try and hit on men they know are not gay you cant be freinds with fags like him hes sick.

  • sick fag

    yeah he tried to hid it and couldent thats why he didnt win hahaha. He says he has a crush on Chris how sick. Im tired fags that try and hit on men they know are not gay you cant be freinds with fags like him hes sick.

  • sick fag

    yeah he tried to hid it and couldent thats why he didnt win hahaha. He says he has a crush on Chris how sick. Im tired fags that try and hit on men they know are not gay you cant be freinds with fags like him hes sick.

  • lakers fan in boston

    kinda hypocritical that he talks about clay aiken coming out on a magazine
    yet adam did the same thing
    gay ppl r ok imo, some of them r actually pretty cool ppl so i guess congrats, altho it was pretty obvious
    btw he seems 2 be a bit of a queen imo

  • jami

    “human community” thank you. seriously that’s the only way people should perceive each other, we’re all human, different in many ways but we’re all here, there’s no reason to hate.

  • shannon

    obviously Rolling Stone thought he was worthy to be on the cover. He’s current and controversial and exciting. That’s what sells magazines. Not a single one of the other Idol contestants has been talked about as much as Adam (positively or negatively.) He totally warrants a cover of Rolling Stone. HE’s interesting. And fairly sexy, btw.

  • No crush

    Adam didn’t say he has a crush on Kris, BUT that Kris was nice, pretty and his type but he has a wife and is 100% straight, there is a big difference!!!!

  • vmars111

    Wow, Adam totally had a crush on Kris??? LOL, a Kram pairing sounds totally hot though!

  • kiley

    the most NON SHOCKING news ever.

  • Jory

    Seriously Adam was never ever n the closet cuz the ppl who really love him will know it from the beginning like me cuz i digged 4 everything about him .. God he is the best thing ever happened to alot of ppl and especially 4 AI cuz he brought the Show to live again – I am so proud of u Adam and will never change anything about u :)

  • mar

    Love the pictures from the cover and the photoshoot video… when he’s not looking too made-up he actually looks hot.

    I’m glad he got to discuss it in his own terms and in a rather sexy way. I mean, other “Yep, I’m gay” covers have been extremely un-sexy (Lance? Clay? Ellen?)

    Here’s to hoping his album makes the most of his potential.

  • http://facebook Alyberry

    I can’t stand this dude!

  • Saebom

    I don’t care he’s gay or not.
    I just love him!!

  • MARI

    He is so HOT and I want this magazine ASAP!

  • LuckyL

    Haha, sooooo buying this

  • LuckyL

    Kayley @ 06/09/2009 at 11:06 am

    ok. wayyy creepy that he hit on kris.
    You sound like a child. Finding someone attractive does not = “hitting on” them

    What a dumb***.

  • lainey

    He’s going to inspire and reassure countless people who are struggling with their identity. So proud of you, Adam! Love everything you do. And why do you have to be such a sexy beast for both men and women? Very frustrating, I have to admit! haha

  • LuckyL

    Sorry, Clay tried to make some lamer Ellen-type cover, as if he could ever be as important as she was. He would have remained closeted too if it wasn’t for the pictures. What a fake-out. He LITERALLY would say he’s not gay.