Adam Lambert is, among many other things, a gay man and a singer — he is not an educator.
That is one message he shares as a cover star for Billboard‘s 2019 “Pride” issue. Lambert touches on the expectations placed on him after his “American Idol” success in 2009.
“I was really overwhelmed in the very beginning. ‘American Idol’ was so fast,” he shares. “All of a sudden I was on magazine covers.”
“I was dealing with the personal adjustment I had to make, and then on top of it, there was all this energy behind being the gay guy doing it. I knew I was comfortable saying, ‘Yes, I’m gay.’ But educating the masses? I didn’t get into this business to be an educator. I just wanted to wear glitter and sing.
“When I started my professional journey, in the mainstream media there weren’t a lot of [queer] people, so that was the thing the media wanted to talk about. I loved talking about it, but at the same time I was like, ‘Can it not precede me?’”
Lambert, 37, also shares his thoughts on the coming out of “Old Town Road” rapper Lil Nas X, 20.
“The world is changing, especially in the United States. We’re moving forward, and that is direct evidence,” he says. “But also it helps that he had a No. 1 song. I feel like it gave him the confidence to be like, ‘I can do whatever the heck I want!’”
Lambert graces the Billboard 2019 “Pride” cover alongside stars Hayley Kiyoko, ILoveMakonnen, Tegan Quin and Big Freedia.