Adam Lambert says he and the surviving members of Queen have found a way to discuss late frontman Freddie Mercury‘s sexuality “in a respectful manner”.

Yesterday, a documentary titled Adam Lambert: Out, Loud and Proud aired on ITV1, and featured Lambert and Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor discussing Lambert’s – and Freddie Mercury’s – sexuality.

In the documentary, May suggested that Mercury would’ve dismissed being labeled as a queer performer, and that the latter would probably have said: “I’m a performer, darling.” They also spoke about how Mercury’s sexuality had influenced his artistry.

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert (CREDIT: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images).

Per the Mirror, Lambert revealed that while he has been with Queen since 2011, he had never found a way to discuss Mercury’s sexuality with May and Taylor until the ITV1 documentary’s filming process.

Lambert said: “They’re not usually comfortable speaking about ­Freddie’s sexuality on camera – they respect his privacy. But we found a way to speak about it in a respectful manner. It wasn’t revealing secrets. It was how it informed him as a creative, an artist, a human and bandmate.”

Freddie Mercury of Queen, 1982 Tour at the Various Locations in Oakland, California.
Freddie Mercury of Queen, 1982 Tour at the Various Locations in Oakland, California. CREDIT: Steve Jennings/WireImage

“I always try to honour Freddie. Everything I do on stage is a tribute to him. I’m honoured that they felt comfortable with me and open to talk about their experience with Freddie and his experience as a queer man in a time where it was taboo to talk about it publicly,” Lambert added.

The release of Adam Lambert: Out, Loud and Proud came a day ahead of the release of his new single, ‘CVNTY’, which you can listen to below.

Yesterday (June 20) also saw news break that Queen had sold their music catalogue to Sony Music for over $1billion. It is believed to be the biggest acquisition of its kind.

In other Queen news, guitarist and founding member Brian May praised The Who‘s Pete Townshend, saying that he “basically invented” rock guitar in May. The guitarist recently joined The Offspring on stage for a live performance of ‘Gone Away’ and a cover of ‘Stone Cold Crazy’. He also teamed up with French composer and performer Jean-Michel Jarre at the Starmus Festival.

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