Kris Allen was born June 21, 1985, in Jacksonville, Arkansas.He had an early interest in music, which stayed with him through college, church involvement, and missionary work in other countries. Just because you broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend doesn't mean you won't someday get back together. And see your spouse go on to win "American Idol." That's the takeaway from Kris Allen's romance with his high school sweetheart, as the singer explains in the upcoming episode of "When I Was 17," airing Saturday at 11 a.m. "When I was 17, I broke up with my future wife," he admitted. He probably should've realized it before, but Allen was not exactly the type of guy who could move on from one girl and embrace countless others.Arkansas native Allen and future wife Katy had been dating for about a year when their final year of high school rolled around and Kris decided he needed space to rock out like a true senior. "I had no game with the ladies, but with her, it was really easy to go up and talk to her, and everything just always clicked," he said."He thought, 'I have to sing something everybody knows, but I'm going to make it work for me, and I'm not going to give a f--- about what the theme is that week — and, most of all, I'm going to just ignore the pageantry of the whole thing." Lambert also dishes on his best friend on the show, fourth-place finisher 17-year-old Allison Iraheta, who he says didn't go for the pageantry, either, which might have been what tripped her up."That's why it's hard for people like Allison, who won't stand there and smile, say what they want her to say," he said.Faith plays a large part in Allen's life, and led the aspiring musician to become a worship leader for New Life Church in Arkansas at both the Conway and Greater Little Rock campuses, and on campus at University of Central Arkansas with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries.
And while he's diplomatic about it, Lambert makes it clear that his relationship with third-place finisher, Milwaukee worship leader Danny Gokey, was not quite as easy.Adam Lambert spills the beans on a lot of things in his upcoming Rolling Stone cover story, from finally coming out as a gay man, to discussing his psychedelic fungus-fueled revelation about trying out for "American Idol" and his struggles to escape the sometimes dark, twisted Hollywood party scene.But one of the most shocking admissions he makes is that not only is be good buddies with "Idol" winner Kris Allen, but when the two were first paired up as roommates in the "Idol" top 13 mansion, he kind of had a crush on the shy, married singer from Conway, Arkansas.In 2009, he became a finalist on the eighth season of Allen had an early interest in music; he started playing the viola while in elementary school, and taught himself to play the guitar at the age of 13. While in high school, he ranked All-State in music performance and received offers to play in college orchestras.Allen enrolled in the University of Central Arkansas for college, where he majored in business.At the end of the night, however, Allen took the title as the next American Idol.He also became the first married contestant to win the competition.When a fan asked if he will be on any time in the show's last year, Kris confirmed with "details coming soon."Until then, the season 8 winner will continue to savor all of his free time with his young son who has taught him a few valuable lessons in recent months."Everything has become less selfish," Kris shared with fans when asked how being a father has changed his perspective."It's a hard lesson but a good one."Congratulations to the couple on their happy news!After making the top 13, Lambert sublet his Hollywood studio apartment and moved into the show's Bel-Air mansion."I was like, 'Oh, sh--, they put me with the cute guy," Lambert said about the eventual "Idol" champ. He's the one guy I found attractive in the whole group on the show: nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type — except that he has a wife.