While "American Idol" runner-up [article id="1612060"]Adam Lambert[/article] has been content to allow the ongoing speculation over his sexuality to proliferate, his "Idol" cohorts have been directly addressing the issue. Late last month, [article id="1612371"]judge Kara DioGuardi declared that she believed he "was always openly out."[/article] Now Kris Allen, the man who bested Lambert in competition, is applauding his friend's personal life.
"I think he's happier that he can be himself and it's nice," Allen told People magazine about Lambert, who has been [article id="1613134"]photographed around Los Angeles recently with interior designer Drake LaBry.[/article]
"Adam is who he is and he's not afraid. I support him in whatever he does."
Calling LaBry "a really nice guy," Allen went on to praise the duo as a "cool combination" who are very different yet work well together.
"Drake's from Louisiana and Adam is from L.A.," Allen said. "But they click well and they're really nice together."
Allen, who just signed a deal with 19 Recordings to release his debut album in the late fall, was in L.A. to sing the national anthem at Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Orlando Magic. His audience at the Staples Center on Sunday night included fellow artists Rihanna, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.