Adam Lambert Tells Kelly Clarkson He Wants To Start His Own Makeup Company
American Idol alum Adam Lambert recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show via video chat. He and Kelly talked about everything from makeup and shoes to their experiences on Idol.
Adam also opened up about the “ups and downs” of being a gay man in the music industry. Read on to find out what the singer had to say about his experience.
Adam Lambert On Being Gay In The Music Business
Kelly told Adam he was a “pioneer” as an openly gay artist on American Idol. She asked how he thinks things have changed for gay people in the music industry since he appeared on the show in 2009.
Adam called it a “big change,” saying people in the business were afraid his music wouldn’t sell. “It was a bit of a struggle to kind of hold my ground and keep focused on my part of the deal, which is being the artist, being the musician,” Adam said.
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Although he says there were “ups and downs,” he’s ultimately “thankful” for the experience. “I think we’re in a place now where … yes, there’s still discrimination, there’s still problems, there’s still work to be done. But there has been so much progress made.”
Kelly said one of the reasons she loves being a coach on The Voice is that she judges people based only on their talent and not who they are or what they look like.
Adam And Kelly Say ‘American Idol’ Gave Them Confidence
Kelly said she enjoyed her experience on American Idol, and Adam agreed. He said “fear was holding me back” before he auditioned for the show. When he chose to try out, he had decided to “throw myself at things.”
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Meanwhile, Kelly shared that she had been shy as a kid, but she felt “empowered” when she started performing. Adam felt the same way, saying, “Once you kind of find what you love, it gives you a sense of self.”
Adam also told Kelly he would “love” to start a makeup line, and he’s currently working on a musical. “I’m so excited about it,” he said, adding that he started it during the pandemic last year.
This Friday is Adam Lambert’s birthday, and he’s celebrating by performing two live virtual shows for fans from the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. You can buy tickets here.