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Simmons: Lambert ‘killed career’ by coming out

“He’s enormously talented, best talent ‘American Idol’ has had, but I think he killed his career because now conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference,” Simmons said.
/ Source: Access Hollywood

A little over a month after performing on stage with Adam Lambert during the “American Idol” season 8 finale, KISS frontman Gene Simmons says the runner-up put his career in jeopardy by announcing he was gay.

In a recent interview with AOL Television to promote the return of his A&E reality show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” Simmons said Lambert’s decision to come out has effectively stopped the handsome 20-something’s career in its tracks.

“He’s enormously talented, best talent ‘American Idol’ has had, but I think he killed his career because now conversation is not about his talent but about his sexual preference,” Simmons said.

Shortly after “Idol” wrapped up, Lambert came out in a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine — although, by his own admission, Lambert joked he was “never really in” the closet. But Simmons believes some people won’t be able to get past Lambert’s revelation about his sexual preference.

“He’s done. You’re forcing people to deal with issues they may not be interested in. Life is unfair, and the masses don’t all live in L.A. They live in Wisconsin and Nebraska, and you’re on crack if you think the same rules apply there,” the rocker added.

Simmons added that Lambert should stick to singing.

“My advice is still the same, shut the f--- up, just sing and let people say whatever they want,” he said. “But I do wish him the best because he’s got all the talent in the world. If only the world was not homophobic, but it is.”

In making his assertion, Simmons noted he is supportive of the gay community.

“I would be the first one to vote for equal rights for gay women and men, and get the church and the state to stop telling everybody how to lead their lives,” Simmons said. “But do I think he’s killed his career? Oh, in an instant. I hope I’m completely wrong. I hope he becomes the next Beatles and proves me wrong.”

When contacted by Access Hollywood, a rep for Lambert was not immediately available for comment on Simmons’ statements.