Adam Lambert on Clay Aiken: He Can Ride My Coattails

Adam Lambert has finally responded to the catty comments made by former fellow gay American Idol runner Clay Aiken.

“I don’t know Clay,” Lambert told Access Hollywood. “I’m glad he’s getting headlines now though, because he wasn’t before. If he wants to ride my coattails about it, good for him.”

Aiken stirred Lambert fans up last week, saying on an Idol show he’d watched that “Adam Lambert was singing ‘Ring of Fire’ and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening!” Aiken later apologized for the remarks.

Despite losing American Idol in suspicious circumstances, Lambert has thrived since the show with multiple media appearances. Lambert is also being considered for the position of lead singer of Queen.