In discussing his 2009 coming out on
the cover of Rolling Stone, singer Adam Lambert said that he
wishes he had had more guidance.
Lambert ignored speculation about his
sexuality as he competed on American Idol.
Soon after the reality contest came to
a close, Lambert, who came in second place, officially came out in a
Rolling Stone cover story.
In praising singer Sam Smith's coming
out, Lambert suggested that his own coming out wasn't as smooth. “I'm
so happy for him, and I'm happy his sexuality wasn't a big thorn in
his side,” he told UK LGBT glossy Attitude.
In an OUT
cover story, Lambert expanded on his remarks.
“It was just the way things went
down,” Lambert said. “At that time, how many mainstream music
artists did we have that were out? Elton John and George Michael –
and his whole coming out was tabloid fun. There hadn't been a
blueprint to follow. That was the one thing I wished I'd had: a
little more guidance. There were definitely moments of frustration
and pressure, but there's been a lot of goodwill as well, a lot of
support from fans and media people, and it's balanced out. I don't
have any sort of bitterness about it.”
British singer George Michael was
forced to come out after a 1998 arrest for lewd conduct in a Los
Angeles men's room.