"American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert's sexual orientation has been a hot topic with blogs, paparazzi and major magazines ever since he first took the "Idol" stage earlier this year – and the rocker is fine with the world continuing to guess about whether or not he is gay.
"It's a really, really cool thing," Adam told People, "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."
As for those fans wondering if he's gay or not – "Calm down," he said, and "keep speculating."
Though he has never publicly confirmed nor denied if he's gay, Adam see's himself as someone to look up to.
"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," he said. "It feels great because I never had a role model like that."
"Conforming is not cool," Adam continued. "Embracing who you are and what makes you different is actually what's really cool… 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."
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