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Adam Lambert on the cover of Rolling Stone

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Adam Lambert on the cover of Rolling Stone. Photo by Matthew Rolston

And yes, he answers that question that everybody already knew the answer to. He’s gay! Gay just like Clay, other other runner up that’s more famous than the winner. But Adam is much bolder, hotter, and glamtastic. And Rolling Stone knows it.

The flamboyant Idol singer hits our cover and bares all, talking about his childhood (”I started to realize I wasn’t like every other boy,” he says), the drug-fueled Burning Man epiphany that led him to AI (”I realized that we all have our own power, and that whatever I wanted to do, I had to make happen,” he tells RS) and his run on the show (”I was like, ‘I’m going to glue rhinestones on my eyelids, bitch!’ “). And yes, he talks about his sexuality. “Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, ‘I’m going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler,’ ” he tells us. “I didn’t want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine bullshit. I need to be able to explain myself in context.

“I’m proud of my sexuality,” Lambert adds. “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.” Ultimately, however Lambert tells RS contributor Vanessa Grigoriadis that there are other parts of his life that he’s trying to keep front and center. “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader,” he says.

And though the Stone does not have video embedding capabilites you can watch clips from the photo shoot, as well as all kinds of other coverage in RS’s essential Lambert Guide.

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