Out singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright said in a recent interview that he's “very angry” that Adam Lambert is credited with being the first out gay mainstream artist.

Wainwright, who is promoting his tenth studio album, Unfollow the Rules, told the LGBTQ&A podcast that he insisted on being out from the start of his career.

“When I started, the first meeting I took with my record company, with Dreamworks Records, I emphatically stated to them that I was gay and that I wasn't going to hide that,” Wainwright said.

“I don't claim to be the first out gay artist, but I am one of the first who started my career being out on a major label, and succeeded in the sense that I've remained,” he continued. “There was some talk about how Adam Lambert was this incredible pioneer for being the first out gay mainstream artist or something. And, with all due respect to Adam Lambert, who is very talented and a great guy, I got very angry about that. I was like, 'No, I kind of did it about 15 years or 10 years earlier than him.'”

Wainwright added that he was pressured to “pretend” that he was bisexual.

“There was always this line that would come up where they're like, 'Can you just pretend to be bisexual at least?' Or they didn't necessarily want to take the risk of alienating a certain sector of the mainstream audience with me. But I was always shocked at how, if you do just not bring it up, even if it's plainly obvious, you do go that much further in the pop world. It's interesting. I don't know if I would have ever been a huge pop star regardless. But I think it's a bigger sort of element than it's given credit for,” he said.

Wainwright married Jörn Weisbrodt in 2012.