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Adam Lambert says he acts crazy because he used to be fat



Why was Adam Lambert so overtly sexual in his recent American Music Awards performance? To hear him tell it, it's because he used to be fat. Because all formerly fat people are attention whores.

"I kind of suffer from a little bit of an ugly duckling complex early in my 20s and definitely my teens," Lambert told Morning Jolt's Larry Flick on Sirius satellite radio (watch it above). "When I was in high school I was 250 pounds ... and that creates some stuff; some body image stuff, some confidence issues, things like that, and I got a lot of my confidence from the validation I got as a performer."

Don't write off his explanation just yet. Psychologist Cooper Lawrence, author of The Cult of Celebrity, told there's something to what he's saying.

"It's common for kids who were made fun of for their weight to act out in that way. When you are developing your identity during those important years your self image and physical appearance are who you are," Lawrence said. "The AMAs were the perfect 'look at me now' moment. He not only looks amazing but he is so comfortable with who he is and it shows."

Oh, it shows, all right. But then, The Juice* used to be pushing three bills and is much slimmer than that now, and you don't see us acting the fool in public -- unless you count this column. Which we're not.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:07am]


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