Adam Lambert’s WWFM Video Examines The Downside Of Fame

Reality Rocks’ Lindsey Parker has written a great piece on Whattya Want From Me?, Adam Lambert’s just-released second video from his album For Your Entertainment. Read the first part here, then follow the link for the entire piece, including the video.

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by Lindsey Parker

Fame costs, as Fame’s Debbie Allen once warned with an emphatic tap of her cane. Sure, with fame comes the attention and adoration of millions. But sometimes that attention is unwanted, and sometimes it is even cruel. Perhaps no one lately has learned this harsh lesson more quickly than American Idol’s Adam Lambert, who only a year ago was just another aspiring singer with a dream, another struggling unknown talent hoping for his big break.
That big break obviously came in the form of Idol, which brought him the superstardom he (and everyone else who auditions for the show) craved. But in a classic case of “be careful what you wish for,” along with his sudden success came an army of stalkers, paparazzi goons, and Twitterers who now follow and overanalyze his every YSL-booted move.
The complete and utter relinquishment of one’s privacy is something that every famous person must deal with, of course–and considering all the perks that come with stardom, it’s hard to feel too sorry for celebrities. But for Idols, the experience can be especially exhausting, due to the intense enthusiasm of the show’s fanbase (viewers seem to feel like they know the Idols personally) and the swiftness of the kind of fame that comes from being broadcast into millions of living rooms for months.
And if the Idol in question is someone who’s had to deal with constant scrutiny of his sexuality (controversy over same-sex smooches or “risqué” Halloween drag-costume photos, simultaneous accusations of being “too gay” or “not gay enough,” etc.), it must be even more difficult to lead any semblance of a normal life. Not that someone as absolutely fabulous as Adam Lambert ever wanted a boring “normal” life anyway, but you get the idea.

For the full article, click here.

About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)


  1. Carol,
    Thank you for posting this wonderful review!
    I always liked Lindsey Parker! It’s always fun to read her articles.

  2. Ellen - Glamb #223 says:

    Personally I’m not sure I could handle everyone in my business 24/7. It’s definitely a downside to being a celebrity. But hey there is definitely an upside that appears to outweigh the downside. Adam knew what he was signing up for and is now living his dream. He is handling everything like a true gentleman and it’s so cool that mom is along for the ride – he’s a good kid!! You go Adam!!

  3. Great article, and great video! The lyrics of WWFW seem to have more meaning now than they had at the time when the album was released. I wonder how much Adam could influence in making this video? Or was it completely director´s or somebody else´s idea?
    Interesting question, what do we want from him? I think my expectations are high, cant wait what the future brings! I hope Adam will survive healthy under pressures given by his fans.

  4. AdamRocks! says:

    Thanks Carol!

    Hey everybody! WWFM has been added as an option in VH1’s top 20 countdown (I think it was added today). Here is the link to vote:

    Cindy in MS
    Glamb #37

  5. I love when ADAM called his life a “journey”. That is so appropriate, and what a great way for ADAM to look at his life/career…..he handles his journey to stardom professionally, positively, perfectly!!!
    I love being on this journey with him, and I’m soooo proud of ADAM. I can’t even express just how much I love him and how excited I am for him.

  6. I love this pic of Adam!

    Personally, I could not live a life of fame. I treasure the quiet and unobtrusive aspects of my life, and would probably be considered a recluse and be miserable if I were famous.


  7. Dianne Hill says:

    I know I couldn’t live the life of fame either, I respect anyone that can do it and Adam has all of my respect and adoration. He handles all the situations he finds himself in with ease and openness and friendliness, he is such a genuine, caring person. I am so very proud of him too, he is a remarkable man. Love you Adam.


  8. Thanks Carol, for the new thread!
    I always hope & pray Adam can continue to live his life at peace and stay grounded. He is living his dream come true and I pray he uses his scruples to stay safe.
    Love the above pic of him, ooohhh that smile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Wow, I was just trying to vote last night and couldn’t find Adam’s video listed. So happy to see it today and just voted. I sure hope everyone else votes. I don’t know how anyone could listen to Adam sing and NOT like his voice. He has the best vocals of a new male music artists. He deserves the recognition.

  10. At least in the short term Adam seems to have a handle on this instant fame but he needs to think ahead. One thing in particular is the gay question. The interview buck really stops at Adam himself. Many celebrities make conscious choices to refrain from responding to certain questions, or ask in advance (maybe their agents do the asking) that certain topics be avoided. Adam loves to open himself to us but I think that part of his growing process will be to keep some things back.

    He seems to have a good handle on his twitter, most of the time at least. He tweets very few really personal messages but I like how he is aware of us his public whom he usually calls ‘guys’ or ‘friends’ which is a friendly way of relating. Except for one recent slip when he told his twitter world he was going to a certain club, he keeps his doings to himself.

    Also he has been fortunate enough to be able to see his old LA friends, his circle of loyal buddies, and fellow creative performers. He needs that whenever possible to keep him grounded and sane.

    All we can do is show him the love whenever possible and give him the space he asks for.