Seventh-season â€œAmerican Idolâ€ runner-up David Archuleta is standing behind eighth-season runner-up Adam Lambertâ€™s decision to announce that he is gay.
Following the outpour of support from â€œIdolâ€ judges, fellow contestants and fans, Archuleta announced his respect for Lambert and downplayed the overall significance of the revelation.
â€œI know itâ€™s always interesting and surprising and shocking [to people] when they say those things, but thatâ€™s up to them, itâ€™s their lives,â€ Archuleta said, according to a report from Rolling Stone. â€œI donâ€™t think it was a big surprise.â€
Archuleta was speaking in Washington, D.C., where he attended the Children Uniting Nations gala and performed a fan favorite from his â€œIdolâ€ days, John Lennonâ€™s â€œImagine.â€
Addressing Lambertâ€™s decision to stay mum on his sexuality throughout the talent competition, Archuleta said: â€œI donâ€™t think he was trying to be all sneaky and secret about it. Iâ€™m sure he was happy with who he was and stuff, itâ€™s not like he was ashamed.â€
Like many of the people MTV News has spoken with about the revelation, Archuleta was not surprised when Lambert came out of the closet. â€œI just kind of assumed it; I think everyone else did too,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s a bad thing or anything.â€
Remarking that Lambert was â€œreally coolâ€ when the singers met at a recent â€œIdolâ€ performance, Archuleta went on to pay respect to the manâ€™s talent. â€œHe seems really confident when heâ€™s onstage, but I donâ€™t think it comes across as cocky or anything, and when I talked to him, it seemed like he was appreciating everything that was going on, and he was really grateful for those opportunities that he had,â€ he said.