Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Kimberley Locke

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Kimberley Locke

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Since competing on American Idol, Kimberley Locke has performed at plenty of LGBT shindigs. "When I started, I asked my manager, 'What attracts the gay community to a celebrity?'" recalls Locke, whose new album, Based on a True Story, hits stores this summer. "He said, 'We like strong women.' I thought, OK, I can accept that."

Tell me about the new CD.

I was able to cowrite every song except for one, so it's very personal and confessional. The first single, "Supawoman," is about who I am and the reality of any girl who has her shit going on out there in the single world. Then there's a song called "Friend Like You," and the hook is "Who needs an enemy when I've got a friend like you."

Ouch. I take it that's not about your old roommate and former Idol cohort Clay Aiken.

We're still close. We don't talk as much as we used to because we're out here working and hustling, but we talk when we can.

Recently there have been tabloid stories alleging that Clay is gay. Do you talk to him about that?

I am aware of it, and most of time I just give him a phone call to see how he's dealing with it. Then I just let it go from there.

Are you watching the current season of Idol?

[Long pause] No. [Laughs] I'm sorry. I catch it every now and then. I can't deny what the show did for me, but I think it's a give-and-take situation. They have a show; they need a talent. I let them use my talent, and I used them as a vehicle. …

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