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11 abr 2013
Lambert talked to SFGN about everything from his thoughts on being a role model in the gay community and building a fan base in China, to his upcoming album and his recent split from his boyfriend, Finnish reality star Sauli Koskinen. Glam rocker and American Idol Season 8 runner up Adam Lambert will be headlining the fifth annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Sunday, April 14 on the Main Stage in Lummus Park just off Ocean Drive between 11th and 12th Streets. His performance is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Lambert talked to SFGN about everything from his thoughts on being a role model in the gay community and building a fan base in China, to his upcoming album and his recent split from his boyfriend, Finnish reality star Sauli Koskinen.
Can you give us hint of what to expect at PrideFest this weekend? I’m going to do some songs, mostly from my latest album. They’re real dancey, and high energy. I have two dancers with me who are my good friends and we’re going to throw one helluva party. I hope. That’s the plan.
I know you’re receiving GLAAD’s Davidson/Valentini Award at the San Francisco ceremony on May 11. That’s really cool. I’m excited to go there. I like what GLAAD does. It’s obviously a very important time right now for the gay and lesbian community. GLAAD is opening up their umbrella, making some changes and really expanding.
Speaking of GLAAD shortly after American Idol you told media outlets you were uncomfortable with the idea of being a gay role model and/or gay activist. But in a way that’s what you’ve become. I’m totally comfortable with it now [laughs]. You know it’s weird, I was just being honest. It’s a bit daunting. You’re a role model or icon or you’re supposed to try to be one so I was intimated by it at first. I didn’t realize that was going to come with everything. I was jus trying to sing. I’m really, really thrilled to be as connected to the community as I can be. Related Stories Adam Lambert and Boyfriend Sauli Koskinen Split My big goal is always to represent the diversity of the community because I think there’s so many different types of gay and lesbian people and I think it’s important to represent all of us. One of the thing that drives me the most is when I was younger I didn’t really have a lot of gay role models who were proud and gay and open and were who they were. I’ve gotten letters and met younger people in the LGBT community who have said “wow I really appreciate the fact that you don’t make any apologies and you’re just this wacky guy.” And that alone gives me a lot of confidence. If I can help a young person feel more comfortable in their own skin or be the person they want to be it’s fucking awesome.
Can you name a surprising twist to your career since Idol? I was really thrilled to have the success that I had with my last two albums. I think the international part of my career has been really exciting and unexpected. I didn’t think I’d be traveling outside of the states as much as I have.
Any favorites places you’ve visited? I just saw South Africa for the first time and that was really cool. The people down there are awesome. I like Australia a lot as well. I like Scandinavia a lot. I’ve been going to Asia a lot and I’ve been building a big fan base there. There are so many people in Asia, it’s such a densely populated area. I got to perform on the Voice of China earlier this year, and over 4 hundred million people watched the telecast for the finale. I was like, no pressure. It’s been really exciting meeting fans and building a following in Asia.
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