Adam Lambert, the runner-up of American Idol, has officially come out.

After weeks of speculation, the star confirmed he is gay in an interview, adding: “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that.”

He told Rolling Stone: “I’m proud of my sexuality. I embrace it.It’s just another part of me.”

Lambert’s flamboyant clothes and make-up had earned him the name ‘Glambert’ over the course of the series and had caused much talk over his sexuality.

Some critics suggested his homosexuality had lost him the winning place in American Idol to his devoutly Christian rival Kris Allen.

However he wanted to wait to confirm the rumours. “Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, ‘I’m going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler,” he said.

The singer added he did not want to be seen as a poster boy for the gay rights movement, saying: “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.”