When word broke this morning that Adam Lambert confirms he is gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone, the news spread fast — and the American Idol runner-up’s fans were quick to react. Lambert’s coming out didn’t come as a shock to most, and those who were surprised by his revelation still said they’d stand behind the Idol star and his amazing talent.
According to a PopEater and Rolling Stone poll, 98 percent of respondents answered “No” to the question, “Are you surprised by Lambert’s reveal?” Only 18 percent said “Yes” to the query, “Should he have come out live on the show?”
Once Adam made it official in RS, the Glambert Fan Club came out in full force, and one Rolling Stone reader even pledged to buy “five million copies” when the issue hits stands. Despite their Wild Idol’s coming out, the majority of his fan base agreed that his talent — and looks — were more more important than his orientation. Greg T, VA Beach wrote, “I am a 44-year-old male, married to my wife for 23 years. I am open minded and the bottom line, gay or not, Adam Lambert is a special talent. He is original and can sing.” Sharon also wasn’t surprised: “It’s really sad that such a big deal was made out of his sexuality in our so-called ‘progressive’ times. Anyway, now that he did put the issue to rest, hopefully people will stop focusing on his private life and focus on his music instead. Good luck to him.”
Large numbers of women reacted to Lambert’s coming out with one emotion: anguish. Frustrated Cougar posted a very emotional comment on our site: “I’m forty-five years old. I have no ovaries because they removed them when I had breast cancer. As a result I haven’t felt a sexual thrill in many years — until Adam Lambert. The boy just does it for me. It’s fun to feel alive again. And, Adam, if you ever have a pair of granny panties thrown on stage at one of your concerts — it’ll be me.” Some girls were even willing to put Lambert on the Hot Pedestal alongside Twilight star Rob Pattinson, like the appropriately named commenter Adam is HOT, who wrote, “I repeat: Adam is hot. Him being gay only makes him hotter.”
One of the first people to make a public statement regarding the Lambert news was Neil. G. Giuliano, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), who said, “As more and more Americans get to know gay and lesbian people, it has a tremendous impact in terms of creating awareness, understanding and acceptance of our community. American Idol has become iconic in our culture, and as Adam continues to share his story during his post-Idol career, we hope his decision to live openly and honestly inspires gay people and opens the hearts and minds of his fans and others he will continue to entertain.”
For much more on the Adam Lambert story, from behind-the-scene video to his bromance with Kris Allen to our entire Season Eight AI coverage, check out our Adam Lambert hub.