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Adam Lambert: ‘If [Freddie Mercury] were alive today, I have a feeling he would be out and proud without giving a f**k’

Adam Lambert is once again touring with the surviving members of Queen this summer and thinks his being gay ‘kind of completes the equation.’

That’s because he is stepping in as lead singer for the late Freddie Mercury who was also gay.

‘One of the things that made Freddie special was this part of his personality and if he were alive today, I have a feeling he would be out and proud without giving a fuck,’ Lambert tells Flaunt.

‘It inspired some of his music. Whether he was wrestling with that part of himself or owning it and being proud, I don’t think he would have been the dynamic performer that he was if he didn’t have that conflict in his life.’

Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 due to complications from AIDS. He had confirmed the day before his death that he had contracted the disease.

This is something Lambert has discussed at length with surviving Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

‘I’ve really wracked their brains about their experiences with Freddie,’ he says.

‘At the time people didn’t know much about the disease but I heard from them that Freddie was very much like, “I’m not going to let this ruin my life.”’

Knowing this, Lambert thinks about Mercury’s defiance when it comes time to perform the power-ballad The Show Must Go On during the shows.

‘It’s so poignant and dramatic because all of the lyrics are like, “I’ve got to go on. I’m not going to let this stop me” and in order to make it work, you have to kind of go there,’ Lambert says.

‘Singing it takes everything in me. Sometimes I’m dizzy when it’s over.’

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