A week after losing the eighth-season American Idol title to Arkansan Kris Allen, Adam Lambert is proud of his work on the show. "It's a really, really cool thing," he told People, "to be able to show people that you can be yourself, and you should be proud of yourself, and you should own who you are and what you're about, and never make apologies for it."
In the past week, Adam performed with the surviving members of Queen, who hope to speak to him about joining the band as lead singer, made an appearance at the Broadway musical Hair, and been the target of a catty attack from fellow AI runner-up Clay Aiken. The season two star sniped on his website, "I happened to turn [on the show] during the minute that Adam Lambert was singing 'Ring of Fire' and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful and slightly frightening!"
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Clay later kind of apologized, managing not to add, "If that over-flatironed princess thinks he's gaining any ground with the Claymates he better check himself, because I WILL CUT A BITCH." Adam, for his part, will be featured in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, and said he hopes kids struggling with their identities will see him as a role model.
"Conforming is not cool," he said. "Embracing who you are and what makes you different is actually what's really cool."
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As for further comment on whether he'll publicly come out, Adam hasn't said much, except to hint that the upcoming Rolling Stone story might have more information. His rumored boyfriend, Drake, has also been keeping a low profile since dining with Adam and other Idols just before the finale. Adam's next project is the 50-city tour with the rest of the Idol Top 10.
Via People. Photo courtesy of Splash News.