Adam Lambert, Hayley Kiyoko, Ilovemakonnen, Tegan Quin and Big Freedia are on the cover of Billboard‘s 2019 Pride issue, out now.
Here’s what the 37-year-old For Your Entertainment singer had to say…
On being gay in the mainstream: “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?’”
On Lil Nas X‘s success with “Old Town Road”: “The world is changing, especially in the United States. We’re moving forward, and that is direct evidence. 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!’”
On fame after Idol: “I was really overwhelmed in the very beginning. American Idol was so fast. 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.”
For more from Adam, head to Billboard.com.
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