American Idol pop sensation Adam Lambert may want to choose his words more carefully next time. In a widely circulated report this week Lambert revealed that singer Susan Boyle’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ hit Wild Horses was horrendous and made him cry with laughter.

Boyle’s mega selling album I Dreamed A Dream kept the Idol runner-up off the top of the U.S. charts after he released For Your Entertainment in November last year. So his half-serious wisecracks now have the distinct flavor of sour grapes about them.

Lambert, 28, sold 200,000 copies in his first week but he couldn’t believe he was toppled off the top spot by 48-year-old Boyle’s album. “If only it weren’t for Susan Boyle!" he laughed. "I’m happy for her success, but that album is terrible. Wild Horses is the one that made me laugh the hardest,” he told the press.

“I just died when I heard it, I was crying with laughter. It was the most horrendous, sacrilegious treatment of that song! Still, when my album charted, it was validating. I was feeling bit attacked, like I had to vindicate something. I thought: ‘Wow, look what I did’,” he added.

In his defense, Adam says he's been widely misquoted. He and Susan appeared on Oprah together last month and they certainly seemed to get along well. He was also clearly laughing when he said the words quoted above, but it's not hard to see why they've created such a stir. When the target is a singer who has outsold him by millions, the attack seems promptet by jealousy and pettiness.

If Lambert actually did say the things he's being quoted as saying, he'll need to keep in mind that things in print can look different from things that are said. Both have tons of talent, there's no need for them to indulge in petty squabbles in the press.