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Adam Lambert Felt Ashamed After Getting Outed While Competing on ‘American Idol’

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Adam Lambert recently opened up about how “ashamed” he felt after being outed while competing on American Idol. Lambert, who is openly gay, rose to fame after his participation in the eighth season of the popular reality show, where he finished as the runner-up.

He Received Backlash For Getting Outed During the Show

Lambert’s time on the hit TV show American Idol back in 2009 has been a more memorable run than most Idol hopefuls. However, he’s had his fair share of hardships while competing on the show, and his sexual orientation has been the cause of much controversy.

Although he had already revealed his sexual orientation to his loved ones eight years earlier, he made the decision to remain silent about it while appearing on the show. However, his choice did not protect him from criticism from the public. He received harsh backlash after pictures of him with another man appeared just two months before the show’s finale.

“It was never a secret. During the live broadcast, there was no one asking me what my sexual preference was,” Lambert said. “We weren’t allowed to do interviews during the show back then. Because they wanted to keep everyone on a level playing field.”

Despite facing backlash and criticism after being outed on American Idol, Lambert remained steadfast in his identity and continued to be proud of who he was. In fact, he has since reflected on the experience as something that has made him even stronger. Stating that he was “very comfortable and secure with who [he] was.”

Adam Lambert on Overcoming Homophobia and Mental Health Struggles

Despite initially facing backlash after being outed on the show, Lambert has used his platform to become a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and to promote acceptance. In a recent interview, Lambert discussed the challenges he has faced in the music industry as an openly gay artist.

He spoke candidly about the pressures of fame and the toll it has taken on his mental health. He revealed that he has sought therapy and other forms of support to cope with anxiety and depression. Despite these challenges, Lambert remains committed to his art and his message of self-acceptance and authenticity.

He has continued to release chart-topping hits and has become a beloved figure in the music industry. He inspired countless fans with his resilience and positivity. His work has definitely made an impact on combating discrimination and promoting equality for all individuals. Regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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