"Calm down... [and] keep speculating," Lambert toldPeople when asked if he had a message for viewers and media outlets that have spent the last few months speculating that the makeup and fingernail polish-wearing rocker is gay.
Lambert has repeatedly dodged media questions about his sexuality and declined to confirm or deny rumors that he's gay, apparently preferring to just milk the continuing publicity instead.
"It's not dangling over my head. It may be dangling over yours, but it's not over mine," Lambert told an Entertainment Weekly reporter who asked him if he wanted to put the "dangling" speculation to rest after last week's American Idol finale ended with him losing the competition to Kris Allen. "I think speculation keeps things very, very interesting."
Entertainment Weekly's post-finale question came after the magazine had previously published a glowing "Loving Adam Lambert" cover story in which Lambert had dodged a similar question with a "I know who I am" reply.
"It's a really, really cool thing to be able to show people that you can be yourself, and you should be proud of yourself, and you should own who you are and what you're about, and never make apologies for it," Lambert told People. "It feels really amazing to be able to try and pass that on to kids and young adults who don't have a role model like that. It feels great because I never had a role model like that."
"Conforming is not cool, embracing who you are and what makes you different is actually what's really cool," he told People. "The kids that are different and out there and expressive and are bold with those choices, those are the people that grow up to be people we all want to hang out with, that become celebrities or become really successful in what they do because they believe in who they are."