Singer Adam Lambert has been voted best
role model for young people.
The 29-year-old American Idol
season 8 runner-up topped a survey of readers by UK
website Flecking Records.
“So what makes Adam a great role
model?” the website asked in announcing its winner. “Could it be
the fact that he's pretty much the poster boy for being yourself?
His charity work? His successful career?”
Lambert briefly hesitated coming out –
neither acknowledging nor denying his sexual orientation while
competing on American Idol, despite massive media speculation
– but after his public coming out on the cover of Rolling Stone
in 2009, he's never looked back.
“I'm proud of my sexuality. I
embrace it. It's just another part of me,” the Whataya Want
From Me singer said in his first interview on the subject.
“Right after the [American Idol]
finale, I almost started talking about it to reporters, but I
thought, 'I'm going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be
cooler,'” he added.
After a world tour for his debut album
For Your Entertainment, Lambert said he had learned that music
brings people together.
“I think there's something the same
about all the different countries and people as opposed to something
different. And I think the more we focus on how we are alike, I
think the better off we are, in general.” (The video is embedded
in the right panel of this page.)
Eighteen-year-old singer-actress Demi
Lovato came in second in the online survey. She was followed by Tom
Fletcher, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Robert Pattinson, Andy Biersack
and M. Shadows.