Out singer Adam Lambert on Wednesday
addressed questions surrounding his upcoming New Year's Eve
performance in Singapore.
More than 20,000 Singaporeans signed a
petition objecting to Lambert headlining the concert. Lambert's
“highly sexualized lifestyle and LGBT rights” are “contrary to
mainstream Singaporean values,” the petition stated.
A counter petition in support of his
inclusion attracted nearly 25,000 signatures.
At a press conference in Singapore,
Lambert said that his “goal as an artist has always been to unite
people. To try to find the common denominator to link all these
different people from all over the world.”
Lambert said that the petition did not
affect how he prepared for the upcoming show.
“Over the past five years, whenever I
do a TV performance I work very carefully with the producers and with
my team to figure out what's appropriate for the program. So, that's
what we did for this,” he said.
He added that he does not court
“Depending on where you are from in
the world, certain things may seem controversial to you or not. My
intention is not to provoke but to reflect – to be honest, be
When asked what fans can expect,
Lambert responded that the audience can expect “something special.”