'Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi says Adam Lambert 'was always openly out'
She says he's gay.
"I don't think that Adam was ever in [the closet]," she tells Barbara Walters in a taped interview airing Friday on ABC's The View. "I think he was always openly out."
Walters asked if Lambert -- who has never publicly said he's gay -- "was always openly out."
"I think he was," DioGuardi replies. "I mean, from what I've seen ... I do. I never thought he wasn't."
Did Lambert's sexuality influence the votes? "Well, first of all, I hope not ... because we should be judging on talent and viability in the music industry and they both [Lambert and winner Kris Allen] had that."
Lambert -- who has been on websites dressed in drag -- has 'skirted' sexuality questions. But there are widespread rumors that he may announced he's gay in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.
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