In the wake of recent gay bullying related suicides in the US, openly gay singer Adam Lambert has made a video in which he speaks out on the issue to his fans.
In the black and white clip, Lambert tells teens he has been the victim of bullying himself and that “it gets better”.
“I think being different is always going to be a tough climb. There’s always going to be people that are going to be scared of it,” the singer says.
“At the end of the day, if you give those bullies and those people that are so ignorant and fearful of your lifestyle, if you give them the power to affect you, you’re letting them win, and they don’t deserve that.”
Lambert goes on to speak about his own experience.
“Even someone like me, someone that has recently come into some success in his career. I’m touring the world, I have a CD out, I do music videos, I’m living my dream. Even I get bullied.”
“You look under any comment section on any article, and there’s bullies in there telling me that I’m a [expletive], that I’m ugly, that I’m gross – ‘Ew, gross, nasty, he’s a girly’ – all this [stuff],” he adds.
“You have to be strong, and you have to pay attention to the positive. And in doing so, you will push through and you will rise up and you will live your life to the fullest. It gets better, but it’s up to you…”