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Adam Lambert reflects on turning 40 this month: ‘I have Peter Pan complex, for sure’

Exclusive: "The things that turned you on shift," admits Adam in his Attitude cover interview, as he talks getting older as a gay man

By Jamie Tabberer

Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Attitude/Joseph Sinclair

Adam Lambert has opened up about getting older as a gay man in his latest interview with Attitude.

The ‘Velvet’ singer, who reaches the milestone on 29 January 2022, appears on the cover of Attitude February issue – out now to download and to order globally.

Speaking to Culture Club icon (and interviewer) Boy George about the aging process, the Starstruck judge admitted he has a “Peter Pan complex, for sure.”

“As we get older, identity becomes less of a priority and mystery”

“I don’t have anything planned for my 40th yet,” Adam told The Boy. “I’ll do something with friends. I do have Peter Pan complex, for sure, so 40 is slightly terrifying. That being said, I’m on a personal transition right now into the next chapter. It’s exciting.”

Adam wears tops by Rick Owens for the Attitude February issue. (Photography: Joseph Sinclair; Fashion director: Joseph Kocharian; Hair and makeup: Brooke Simons; Fashion assistant: Sacha Dance)

The star added: “The interesting thing about getting older, especially as a gay man, is the things that were important to you or turned you on shift.”

He continued: “As we get older, identity becomes less of a priority and mystery. That’s one reason the new generation is so excited about pronouns and names for their gender. They’re in the process of becoming who they want to be. That’s what you do in your teens and twenties.

“[…] If I was growing up right now, a teenager or in my early twenties in 2021, would my relationship with my sexuality or gender be exactly what it is now? I don’t know. It might be different.”

Top picture: Adam wears coat by Balmain, trousers and shoes both by Rick Owens

Check out the Attitude February issue, out now.

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