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Adam Lambert says winning over gay fans a challenge

'To celebrate a fellow gay man—it gets catty sometimes'
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Adam Lambert has managed to emerge as one of the biggest stars to ever be launched from the American Idol franchise.

He's about to release his second album, has been nominated for a Grammy Award and is a popular concert draw around the world.

Lambert is also one of the few openly gay American Idol alums but he does not believe his subsequent success is due in part to his fellow gay males.

'As a community, we’re a little bit resistant to a gay male pop star ourselves,' he tells Instinct Magazine.  'It’s very easy for people to look at my origin, which is American Idol, and automatically assume that I’m a commercial sellout or a puppet or a flash in the pan. I don’t think I’m any of those things. There’s something weird there. We’re very eager to celebrate a strong female. But to celebrate a fellow gay man—it gets catty sometimes.'

Lambert has shifted into fill promotional mode with his second album, Trespassing, set for release on May 15. The album had originally been scheduled to come out on March 20 but the singer explained that he was 'working on some new songs, making the album even better!'

The album's first single, Better Than I Know Myself, was released in December.

Lambert has said Trespassing would be more personal than his 2009 disc For Your Entertainment which sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide.

He describes the second album as 'an exciting journey through the past two years of my life. It's been a transformative period and I really wanted to make music from what I've experienced.  All these songs honestly explore the ups and downs of my reality.'

Lambert performed the song Never Close Your Eyes Thursday on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live:

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