American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has been in the news this week for more than just the upcoming release of his debut album, For Your Entertainment: After putting Lambert on the cover of OUT magazine, Aaron Hicklin, OUT’s editor, wrote the singer an open letter, complaining about certain stipulations placed on the interview and cover shoot by Lambert’s management team — allegations to which Lambert fired back via Twitter.
In an exclusive interview, Entertainment Weekly caught up with Lambert at rehearsals for the American Music Awards in downtown Los Angeles Thursday for his take on the dispute.
Says Lambert: “I am managing my image…
I’m not being puppeted around. I didn’t want to jump onto a gay magazine as my first thing, because I feel like that’s putting myself in a box and limiting myself. It was my desire to stay away from talking about certain political and civil rights issues because I’m not a politician. I’m an entertainer.”
Regarding Hicklin, Lambert said. “He really crossed a line.”
Read the full Q&A at Entertainment Weekly.