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The Rolling Stone cover: Adam Lambert bares all

June 9, 2009 |  1:40 pm

Lambert Yes, that's Adam Lambert striking a come-hither pose on the cover of the new Rolling Stone -- is it just me, or judging from his outfit, do we detect a major 1980s-era Prince influence? At any rate, it felt incredibly old-fashioned to see the "American Idol" songster deciding to tell all in Rolling Stone, as if it were still the 1970s and it was Led Zeppelin instead of the Jonas Brothers and Eminem getting all the breathless coverage at the world's oldest music magazine.

It's hardly a scoop for anyone who ever paid the slightest attention to "American Idol," but Lambert finally comes out and says it as plain as day: "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay. Right after the ["American Idol"] finale I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, 'I'm going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler.' I didn't want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine [blather]. I need to be able to explain myself in context."

The biggest revelation from the interview? I guess it would be Lambert's confession that he had a crush on Kris Allen. "I was like, 'Oh [crap], they roomed me with the cute guy.' 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."