“I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” Lambert tells the magazine. “I’ve been living in Los Angeles for eight years as a gay man.”
While Lambert is proud of his sexuality – “I embrace it,” he says. “It’s just another part of me” – he’s focused on his career. “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.”
Lambert, who says he was worried about coming out on American Idol because it would be “so sensationalized that it would overshadow what I was there to do, which was sing,” admits to having a crush on his roommate and Idol winner Kris Allen.
“I was like, ‘Oh, s–, they put me with the cute guy,’ “Lambert recalls of bunking in the Idol mansion with Allen. “Distracting! He’s the one guy that 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 percent straight.”
As for the photos of Lambert dressed in drag and kissing other men that popped up online shortly after he made a splash on Idol, he says they’re not really representative of who he is. “I’ve only dressed in drag three or four times,” he says. “That’s not me.”
And while he’s been spotted out with close friend Drake LaBry, Lambert says he didn’t mind the attention he got during Idol from screaming female fans. “I loved it this season when the girls went crazy for me,” Lambert admits. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s all hot.”