Adam Lambert tells Rolling Stone in its new issue:
"I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay. I've been living in Los Angeles for eight years as a gay man. I've been at clubs drunk making out with somebody in the corner...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. 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. I embrace it. It’s just another part of me....[Ultimately], I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader."
More: "I loved it this season when the girls went crazy for me. As far as I'm concerned, it's all hot."
Stereotypes annoy him: "
On his thoughts when he was placed as Kris Allen's roommate in the Idol mansion: "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."
Behind-the-scenes cover shoot video here. Cover photograph by Matthew Rolston for Rolling Stone.