American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has officially come out in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. The issue, which is set to hit American newsstands next week, features Lambert on the cover along with a revealing interview.

“I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay,” Lambert tells Rolling Stone.

“I’m proud of my sexuality “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.” However the star is preferring to concentrate on his singing career not his sexuality. “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader,” he says.

In the interview he also talks about keeping his sexuality a secret after the show concluded.

“Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, ‘I’m going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler.’ I didn’t want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine bullshit. I need to be able to explain myself in context.”

The star reveals he’s not that into drag, despite the photos of him kissing a boy wearing women’s clothes that were released on the internet: “Wasn’t ready for that. … I’ve only dressed in drag three or four times. … I don’t tuck and wear breasts, that’s not me.” However he does admit to wanting to glam up his Idols wardrobe a bit, “I was like, ‘I’m going to glue rhinestones on my eyelids, bitch!'”

Being roommates with Idol winner Kris Allen during the show was also difficult for Lambert.

“They put me with the cute guy. Distracting! He’s the one guy I found attractive in the whole group on the show: nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type — except that he has a wife. I mean he’s open-minded and liberal, but he’s definitely 100% straight.”

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