Boy George & Adam Lambert Talk Gender Fluidity, Sexual Diversity, and the Music Industry

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Boy George interviewed Adam Lambert for the February issue of Attitude magazine to discuss the changes in our understanding of gender fluidity and sexuality diversity, and what that means for the future of the music industry.

 

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Attitude:“If anyone can comprehend Lambert’s mind-boggling achievements, it’s George, a pop veteran who has sold 50 million records. Indianapolis-born Lambert, of course, was the rare talent-show contestant to command global attention off the bat, as the guyliner-loving American Idol runner-up in 2009. Since then, the 39-year-old has quietly become one of the century’s most vocal LGBTQ+ pop stars. The chart facts are, frankly, nuts: his first album, 2010’s For Your Entertainment, went in above Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster; 2011’s Trespassing made him, unbelievably, the first out gay star to land a Billboard No. 1; in 2020, after six years of touring with legendary rockers Queen, he released Live Around the World: his first UK No. 1 album, and the band’s first No. 1 since 1995’s Made In Heaven.”

Lambert already has a jam-packed 2022. There are Queen + Adam Lambert live dates in the UK in May and June before they head to Europe, plus he’s judging a new ITV talent show, Starstruck, all the while “actively making space” for his personal life. (He declines to discuss his relationship with boyfriend Oliver Gliese, other than to say: “I’m very happy, thank you.”)

Then there’s his as-of-yet-untitled musical – in which George, we’re told, is also involved. “It’s about a real-life person who’s a bit obscure,” explains Lambert. “Writing music for someone else’s story has been really interesting. It takes place in the 70s. I love that era. I’ll be putting out an album, linked to the musical. A concept album, where I’m performing it.”

 

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