Whataya want from him?
Adam Lambert / After losing to Kris Allen on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to record his smash debut album For Your Entertainment, spawning the hit single “Whataya Want From Me.” Before he arrives for his Blaisdell appearances, Lambert took time to speak to the Weekly about his sexual identity, his beach attire and that kissy performance on the American Music Awards.
Yeah, I know right? It’s weird. What do you call that?
A lot of techie geeks call it “binary day.” How did you spend the day?
I’m at the airport right now, flying from the Philippines to Hong Kong.
Did you eat any of the Filipino food?
I didn’t have a chance. I ate a sandwich last night from Subway. I know it’s kinda sacrilegious.
Your debut album ended up selling almost triple the amount of Kris Allen’s. Why do you think that is?
I don’t know. I think it’s you either like this or you like that. People just responded to it. I definitely made an album that had a very strong pop-rock kind of sound and then I got to work with really cutting-edge producers to make something really current and contemporary. So maybe in some ways, that album features music that was an evolution to what I did on Idol.
Are you annoyed with all the attention given to your sexual identity?
Annoyed isn’t the right word. The only time I get a little irritated is when it starts overshadowing my actual music. It’s up to the journalists at that point whether they’re going to sensationalize it or whether they’re gonna just mention it as a matter of fact. I’m totally comfortable with it and proud of it and I want to provide an example for young people who might be questioning or feel like it’s something they should be ashamed of. I want them to feel they shouldn’t be and I want them to be proud of who they are.
Now that you’re a celebrity–and with all that gay bullying going on right now–do you feel a certain responsibility as a role model?
Yeah, I think that at the end of the day, it’s the whole idea that you can make it, that you can have success, regardless of your sexual orientation. I think the thing that gets to me is that it’s made such a big deal out of. And it’s really not such a big deal.
Do you regret that risqué performance on the American Music Awards?
I’m not one to have many regrets. In hindsight, the timing of it may have been off. That was a big debut, my first television appearance after Idol and I think expectations were different, and if I had to do it again, I’d do the performance, but maybe a different performance before that one.
Will we see some of that naughtiness in Hawaii?
There’ll be a little dash of it but while I have nothing to make any apologies for on my artistry or my sexuality, I think there comes a point that something can lack sophistication and polish and can actually take away. I think one of the things about that performance was that it was a bit out of control. Definitely having that edge is a part of me but I’ve learned to refine it.
Was that tumble part of the performance?
No, that was an accident. I fell.
Do you ever just lounge around in boxers and a baggy T-shirt, eating potato chips?
I don’t walk around in leather pants and glitter and makeup all day. It happened when I was in Miami [Beach] with the paparazzi and they were like, “What is he wearing?” What was I supposed to be wearing? A leather snakeskin suit?
So when you hit the beach in Hawaii, you’ll be in board shorts.
Yeah, what else do you sit on the beach in?