Adam Lambert on Mom Leila: I Was Never Made to Feel Bad About Myself

"I definitely get my eye for style from her," says the singer

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He’s a fashion icon in his own right, but Adam Lambert gets it from his mama.

“When he was a kid, any kind of arts and crafts, anything to do with being creative, I always wanted to make sure he had anything you’d want,” says Leila Lambert, an interior designer. “[Now] we have an affinity for shopping.”

Adam, who releases his next studio album The Original High on June 16, loves going on shopping sprees with – and for – mom.

“I remember in high school, there was a period of time where we were hanging out a lot and we were doing a lot of shopping,” he says. “You got to a point where you said to me, ‘I’m sick of all my clothes, I’m stuck.’ And I was like, ‘That’s all I need to hear. We’re doing a makeover!’ I definitely get my eye for style from her.”

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The duo have always had a close relationship, especially when Adam was navigating coming out as gay when he was a teenager.

“When we had the coming out conversation she kind of initiated it, which was hilarious. At that point, it was great because then we could talk about everything,” says the singer. “There was never a point where I was made to feel bad about myself, and I was kind of an out-there kid.”

Adds Leila: “People would say, ‘That’s weird, and I would say, ‘That’s not weird! It’s Adam. That’s who he is.’ We have conversations about everything.”

For more on the Lamberts, pick up the May 11 issue of PEOPLE

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