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Lambert Explains His AMA Antics

Did anyone catch Adam Lambert flipping the bird during his already controversial American Music Awards performance Sunday night? Most viewers were probably too busy watching him grind and make out with fellow band member Tommy Ratliff, who plays keyboard. Lambert tells MTV.com that the gesture wasn't planned, but in the moment he was giving a big F-you to his critics, such as Out magazine editor Aaron Hicklin who accused Lambert’s management of pushing him back in the closet. "[I]t was to prove freedom of expression and to prove I am in control of my situation," Lambert explains of his actions. As for that kiss? Also unplanned. Ratliff is single and straight, but, says Lambert, "I guess he didn't mind getting kissed in the name of entertainment."