Adam Lambert shares advice on coming out as he meets with LGBT youth in London
The Queen frontman spent time with kids at Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre on Thursday evening (May 31).
Adam Lambert proved that he takes his position as one of the world’s most famous gay musicians seriously as he visited a leading LGBT youth centre in London on Thursday (May 31).
The former American Idol runner-up and Attitude cover star, who is set to tour the UK with legendary rock band Queen this summer, took time out of his press day in London to visit the Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre in Camden, where he met with young LGBT+ people from the area.
Adam, 36, opened up about his own stuggles growing up and entering the public eye as a gay man as he took questions from the adolescents in the audience and offered his advice on coming out, tackling stereotypes and ditching labels.
Asked by a young man in the audience his tips for coming out to family, Lambert replied: “I think the best way is to begin communicating, to talk about how it makes you feel. When you own how you are feeling to another person, it always seems to work better and connect deeper in that moment.”
Speaking to Attitude after the session, Lambert admitted he’d been as inspired by the kids at Mosaic as much as he’d inspired them.
“I feel like I learned more than I taught – it was amazing!” he said.
“I was very excited by the fact I got to speak with young people, who chose to be here, who wanted to talk. I don’t get that experience. I do get things from fans and things online, but to have a face-to-face meant a lot today.”
The ‘Ghosttown’ singer continued: “My favourite part was getting to talk to them – there were some smart people in there! I feel like that’s evidence of how far we’ve come, the fact that these conversations exist.”
Mosaic was founded 15 years ago to help support and educate young LGBT people in London aged thirteen to nineteen, and the young people in attendance on Thursday clearly relished the opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most successful gay artists.
Calum, 15, who has been coming to the youth centre for about a year after his school struggled to offer the support he needed while coming to terms with his sexuality and gender identiy, told us: “Nobody understands, but when you see Adam Lambert and RuPaul, it can open your mind.
“It can be hard coming from a Catholic family who don’t really accept you for who you are. There is problems is every family, and to see people out there like Adam Lambert, they’re massive inspirations.”
Talia, 19, who has been coming to Mosaic for three years and now studies in Brighton, went on: “Growing up as Jewish, I came from a very accepting family and I’m very privilgeded to have that experience, but I’m pansexual, and while you see pansexual celebrities and you see Jewish celebrities, you very rarely see the two identity traits in one person.
“To have someone like Adam Lambert com in who is Jewish and happens to be gay as well, it’s amazing to have someone with a shared experience in such a visible place.”
Mo, 18, added: “He was so happy and positive and welcoming.”
ROCK IDOL Who is Adam Lambert? American Idol runner-up, Queen singer and LGBT activist
The singing superstar is one of the music industry’s most celebrated vocalists – here’s what you need to know
By David Hughes and Joanne Kavanagh
1st June 2018, 7:40 am, Updated: 1st June 2018, 1:50 pm
WITH millions of album sales to his name and a voice that is the envy of the industry, Adam Lambert is one of the hottest musical talents on the planet.
The former American Idol runner-up will be touring again soon with legendary Queen. But what do we know about the singing superstar?
Who is Adam Lambert?
Adam was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of a Leila, a dental hygienist, and Eber Lambert, a program manager of Norwegian descent.
The 36-year-old was raised as Jewish, the religion of his mother, and has a younger brother called Neil – the family moved to San Diego, California shortly after he was born.
He showed early signs of being destined for a life of stardom, starring in local professional productions of Grease, Peter Pan and Hello Dolly! while still at high school.
Adam lasted just five weeks after enrolling in California State University, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in showbiz.
How did Adam Lambert get his big break?
Adam spent several years striving for his big break, fronting an underground rock band The Citizen Vein while performing in musical theatre productions.
He was an understudy for the role of Fiyero in the hit musical Wicked, and toured as an ensemble member with the show from 2005 to 2008.
His big break came when he auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in 2009, wowing the judges with performances of classic tracks “Rock with You” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Simon Cowell was an early fan, giving Adam a standing ovation for a moving performance of the Tears and Fears and Gary Jules hit “Mad World” – the only time the notoriously harsh judge ever delivered such an accolade on the show.
Adam eventually finished runner-up behind fellow singer Kris Allen, and later placed fifth on a list of the 120 best contestants in American Idol’s history.
What has Adam said about his sexuality?
In April 2018, Adam told Wonderland Magazine: “I have been gay and out of the closet – very loudly so – since I was 18 and I wasn’t in the closet on the show (American Idol) or around anyone.
“It wasn’t until the show was wrapping up that I realised everyone wanted me to come out, but I was already out! I’ve always been out. It was just never talked about because it had no baring of what I was doing on stage.
“It’s not like it was a big surprise with my outfits or my looks or my song choices, you know?”
Speaking at London’s Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre in May 2018 he talked about “coming out” he said: ‘I think the best way is to begin communicating, to talk about how it makes you feel. When you own how you are feeling to another person, it always seems to work better and connect deeper in that moment.’”
He has appeared in campaigns aiming to tackle the bullying of young gay people, and released charity singles to raise money for the prevention of suicides among LGBT youth.
Adam’s charity work and work promoting equality in the industry led to him being awarded the “Music Icon” award at the 2015 British LGBT Awards.
He was in a relationship with Finnish TV star Sauli Koskinen from 2010 until 2013, but last year revealed he had been single for two years and was looking for love.
How successful has Adam Lambert been as a solo artist?
American Idol catapulted Adam to international attention, and laid the foundations for a solo career that has seen him sell over three million albums and five million singles across the world.
His three albums, For Your Entertainment (2009), Trespassing (2012) and The Original High (2015) all reached the top three in the US charts, with Trespassing giving him his first number one record.
Adam’s superb vocal command and extreme range have seen him widely praised for his vocal prowess, and the star reportedly had his voice insured for $48 million in 2012.
He is also known for his theatrical performance style and ability to showcase his individuality with flamboyant stage shows – his tours have sold out across the world to critical acclaim.
In a May 2018 interview with Attitude magazine he talked about his solo music, he said: “Obviously Queen really inspired me. I don’t think this album is genre-specific. I think there are a lot of different influences on it.
“There’s rock, there’s FUNK, there’s soul, there’s disco, Seventies singer-songwriter pop and some Eighties flavours, too. That being said, there are a lot of modern influences as well, so it’s sort of a fusion.”
How did Adam Lambert and Queen first meet?
Queen first performed alongside Adam on American Idol, and since 2011 the rock legends and singing star have collaborated as Queen + Adam Lambert.
The supergroup initially only made occasional appearances, such as a special show at the 2011 MTV Europe Awards and three London dates in 2012.
However, in 2014 they embarked on a successful 66-date world tour, and earlier this year performed across festivals across Europe and Asia to great critical acclaim.
Guitarist Brian May has praised the “awesome range and power” of the singing star’s voice, while drummer Roger Taylor said he had “the best range I’ve ever heard”.
Speaking to Wonderland Magazine he said: “At the beginning of working with Queen I was completely intimidated by the idea! I was like ‘What? Are you serious? You guys really want me to do this?’
“I was intimidated by what fans would say and probably expect of me. Being in the shadow of Freddie Mercury is kind of a mind-fuck, you know?
“But over the years, I got comfortable with the show and the set of songs.”
In a May 2018 interview with Attitude magazine he revealed he now has his own style when singing with Queen: “At first I would try to hit the same notes and runs [as Freddie], then I learned to just sing the songs as they work for me, and in my style.”
When is the Queen and Adam Lambert Tour 2018?
The guys are heading to Germany and Italy in June, before landing in the UK the following month.