Kelly wondered if the fellow American Idol alum will ever come out with a makeup line. “I’d love to!” he answered. “I think that would be really fun.”
Adam also talked about meeting Queen on the American Idol finale, which resulted in becoming front man for the band. Calling it “the coolest job in the world,” Adam says that he wait to get back on the road to play for fans once the pandemic is over.
Before Adam auditioned for Idol he realized “I’m not scared anymore”
Both singers were American Idol finalists, albeit 7 years apart. Kelly really enjoyed her time on the show, especially the camaraderie with the contestants and artists backstage. She wondered if Adam felt the same way. “I had fun, I had a great time,” Adam says. “I was in a place in my life where I had…this sort of shift in the way I saw the world. I realized very graphically that I had been scared of so much. Fear was holding me back in a lot of areas in my life, including my professional life.”
Adam continued, “That year before I auditioned I had this breakthrough where I was ‘I’m not scared anymore’ I don’t have anything to lose, so I might as well throw myself at things. Idol was one of the things that came up, I saw the audition and I was…’you know, why not?’ Keep saying yes to as much as you can and something will happen.”
Kelly confesses that she was a shy little girl, but once she started performing on stage, and found she was good at something, it empowered her. and gave her “such a different level of confidence.” Adam agrees that he had the same experience.
Adam and Kelly both love shoes, but their tastes are quite different
“Even if it’s many things, once you find what you love, it gives you a sense of self.” Speaking of finding things to love, the two shared their love of shoes. While Kelly favors Nikes, Adam held up a blue lace up boot with a huge platform heel. “I’m down with what you’re holding!” Kelly says enthusiastically. She thinks a platform may not be as hard to walk on. But Adam assures her, “They hurt!” To which Kelly retreats, “I’m getting too old for this thing.”
Adam thinks the world has changed for LGBT people, but he’s thankful for his experiences
Kelly wonders how things have changed for gay artists since his time on American Idol back in 2009, when coming out was such a big deal. “Man, It’s a big change!” says Adam. “I remember coming off of Idol and going into the mainstream music industry…there was a lot of fear.” They were constantly asking, “Will this sell?” He struggled to hold his ground and stay focused on his part the deal, being the artist and musician. It was “a lot of ups and downs,” but he’s really thankful for his experience. “I think that the world is changed…we’re in a place…in the world where, yes there still is discrimination…there’s still work to be done, but there has been so much progress made.”
Adam is working on a musical! Plus, stream his Roxy concert on Friday
Also, Adam reveals that he’s working on a musical. After his album Velvet came out, the pandemic hit, resulting a lot of down time. So he buckled down and “worked on this thing…I’m so excited about it!”
On his birthday this Friday (Jan 29) Adam will be playing two live shows from the Roxy in Los Angeles, that will be available for fans to stream. He’s performing one at noon, and one at night so that fans overseas can watch it at a reasonable hour.
Check out Adam Lambert’s full interview on the Kelly Clarkson show below.
Additionally, Adam announced that he’ll be curating Stonewall Day 2021 on behalf of his non-profit foundation. It’ll take place on June 6. Stay tuned for further announcements.
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— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 26, 2021