June 9th, 2009
06:24 PM ET
“I think I reserve the right to talk about my own sexuality.”
Today, Adam Lambert exercised that right, in his own way. In the cover story of the new Rolling Stone magazine, Adam opens up about his sexuality and the impact it has had on his rise to fame. He wanted to make one thing very clear: “I’m proud of my sexuality, I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.”
Adam has been living as an openly gay man in Los Angeles for 8 years so he expected that there would be rumors about his sexuality as he progressed on American Idol. He had taken down his MySpace and Facebook pages before he went on Idol but had forgotten about another site. Risqué pictures from that website quickly made the rounds and Adam says he “didn’t count on that. Wasn’t ready for that.”
He chose to wait to speak out until now and to do it in his own way. He now finds himself in a similar situation to another Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken who famously revealed his own sexuality after the show ended. Adam is quick to point out the differences though: “Clay Aiken’s gay, and I’m gay, and we couldn’t be more different. The only thing that’s the same about everyone in the gay community is that we’re gay…. Why can’t we just talk about a human community?”
Adam does recognize though that in today’s society things are not that quite that simple. When talking about his support of same-sex marriage he says, “I’m not asking to get married in your church, but you don’t have any right to tell me I can’t do it.” Yet he is just as quick to say that, “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.”
Whether or not Adam Lambert is trying to be a civil rights leader, he is certainly putting a new face to the hot button issue of same-sex marriage. We will be talking about that with our fired up panel tonight on Showbiz Tonight, 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN!
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