Adam Lambert: 'I hid behind eyeliner'

By: Michael Matson

Adam Lambert sat down with Access Hollywood this week to talk up his sophomore album, Trespassing, and revealed his signature glam look was a defense mechanism.

“It’s a very shocking thing to go into the mainstream all of a sudden, and so fast on American Idol,” Lambert said. “I think (my glam look) was just my form of protection. I was like, ‘I’m gonna put on as much eyeliner as I can and hide behind that.’ So it’s definitely a part of my style and who I am, but I’m enjoying the idea of letting people in a little bit more and being a little more vulnerable.”

Though Lambert’s current look is more subdued than the one he sported when his first album was released, he still enjoys expressing himself with fancy footwear.

Check out the interview clip below.