Adam Lambert talks about drug use, makeup, fans’ “entitlement,” being an object of fantasy

It was a big week for Adam Lambert: With his album coming out next month, the music video for his single “Time for Miracles was released (it’s a good song but watching him lip sync is kind of a bummer, since he lacks the passion he had in his Idol performances). He was also on the cover of Details magazine, which is getting a lot of press because Adam posed with a naked woman, which isn’t that shocking because showing a gay man with a woman somehow fits perfectly in Details.

The accompanying interview with Details is far more interesting. Adam talks about the outcome of the finale (“It doesn’t fuckin’ matter”), his drug use when he was depressed (doing coke and “smoking a shit ton of weed”), his taste in men (“I like ‘em smaller and younger”), his appearance (“I thought I was ugly. So that’s probably where all the makeup and the dyeing of the hair stemmed from”), and money (“It’s fun to have money. It’s nice to have nice things and live comfortably, and that’s one of the reasons why I wanted this. That’s one of the trade-offs of fame. It’s the American dream.”)

He also talks about his appeal to straight women, which leads them to throw underwear and other things on stage. “Clearly there’s something significant about it, because there aren’t a lot of openly gay men in the entertainment industry,” he said. “I don’t see how all this is any different than–let’s take a modern sex symbol like Brad Pitt. How many of these women who fantasize about him actually get to sleep with him? It’s all fantasy–that’s what entertainment is. I’m here to entertain you, and if my sexuality is apparent and you respond to it, and you’re attracted to it, then great, I’m doing my job. It ain’t happening anyway!”

He also talks about reactions fans have when they mob him on the street or whatever: “There’s a feeling of entitlement [with the fans] because they voted to get us where we are. But you know what? I am responsible for what I created on that show–you voted for what I created, and thank you, but I created it, you didn’t.”

For the Love of Adam Lambert [Details]

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