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Report: 'Idol' runner-up Adam Lambert 'coming out' on magazine cover

By Reality TV World staff, 05/29/2009 

Clay Aiken may not be a fan of Adam Lambert, but the pair will reportedly soon have something else in common beyond their American Idol runner-up finishes: "coming out" on the cover of a major American magazine.

The ongoing media speculation about Lambert's sexuality will end with the eighth-season American Idol runner-up publicly announcing he's gay on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine's next issue, The New York Post reported Friday.

"He didn't want it to be an issue during the contest, but he's fine with his sexuality," a magazine source told The Post.

A Rolling Stone representative declined to comment on whether Lambert would be appearing on the cover of the magazine's next issue.

"We don't comment on future covers," the representative told The Post

Word that Lambert was planning to publicly confirm his widely-assumed sexuality after spending the last few months repeatedly playing coy about it had first surfaced yesterday.

"Adam will address the sexuality speculation soon," American Idol host Ryan Seacrest wrote in a Thursday morning posting on his account.

Lambert also hinted that an announcement of some type would be coming soon during a Thursday morning interview with New York City's "Z100" WHTZ-FM radio station.

"It's yet to be seen.  I actually think it you stay tuned very shortly we'll have all the answers you guys are looking for," Lambert told radio host Elvis Duran when he asked how much longer Lambert planned to continue avoiding media questions about his sexual orientation.

"That's all I can say.  Very, very, very soon everybody will everybody is going to find out what they need to find out," Lambert added.

Thursday's comments came just hours after People had published a Wednesday night report in which Lambert had suggested he didn't plan on publicly confirming or denying his sexuality anytime soon.

"Calm down... [and] keep speculating," the makeup and fingernail polish-wearing singer told People when asked if he had a message for viewers and media outlets that have spent the last few months speculating he is gay.

In addition to Seacrest and Lambert's comments, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi also seemed to prematurely confirm Lambert is gay while taping an appearance on The View on Thursday.

"I don't think that Adam was ever 'in' so I'm not... you know, I think he was always openly out," DioGardi told The View host Barbara Walters during the interview, which aired on Friday's broadcast of the ABC daytime show.

"I think he was, from what I've seen in various forms of things.  I do. I never thought he looked like he wasn't [out]," DioGuardi told Walters when she asked if DioGuardi really thought Lambert had always been "openly out."

Last week, Aiken made headlines when he posted a personal website message in which he'd blasted Lambert's American Idol performance of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" as "contrived," "awful" and "slightly frightening" and stated that he thought his ears were going to bleed after listening to it.

Aiken -- who finally ended years of widespread belief that he was gay when he came out in a People cover story interview last fall -- later apologized for the comments.

"I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard," the second-season American Idol runner-up wrote in a blog entry posted last Friday.

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