In the new issue of Rolling Stone, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert confirms what millions have been nattering about for months: yep, he likes dudes. "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," Adam told the magazine a few weeks after coming in second to Kris Allen on the reality singing competition. "I'm proud of my sexuality," he says. "I embrace it. It's just another part of me."
Adam's flamboyant performance style and affection for eyeliner and other glam accoutrements made his sexual orientation something of an open secret during the show's run. Although he played coy with the press, judge Kara DioGuardi told the ladies of The View last month that he never hid who he was from the Idol judges or other contestants. "I don't think that Adam was ever in [the closet]," she said. "I think he was always openly out."
Because performing with Queen and wearing boots that would make drag performers weep with envy while onstage alongside Kiss didn't appear to be enough announcement of his sexuality for Adam, he chose to tell his side of the story in the nation's largest music magazine. "Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters," he said, but decided to play hard ball with Rolling Stone and hold out for a cover. "I didn't want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine bullshit." The cover, which shows Adam reclining in a pose reminiscent of Annie Leibovitz's iconic photo of proto–pop idol David Cassidy for the cover of the same magazine, includes a provocatively placed and not-metaphorically-insignificant snake.
Adam provided the rumor mill with more fuel when photos of him kissing fellas surfaced back in March, and then again when he stepped out with his gentleman friend, an interior designer named Drake LaBry, for dinner just days before the Idol finale. But now that the big "controversy" is settled, we're glad Adam got that Rolling Stone cover he'd been pining for since he was a tiny little boy, and we'll prepare to judge him on his music rather than his personal life when his album comes out this fall. Just kidding, we will totally continue to judge his personal life. Maybe he and Neil Patrick Harris can double-date with their boyfriends! Adorable.
Via Rolling Stone. Photo courtesy of Splash News.