Although drop dead gorgeous in his shirtless cover shoot for Out magazine, it's not the photo that makes Adam Levine one of the sexiest musicians alive — it's his interview!
The open minded rock star and Voice judge sat down with the magazine to talk candidly about his "questioned" sexuality, gay brother, American Idol's low-key homophobia — oh, and Perez!
Despite Adam being a well-known womanizer in the past and his current girlfriend, Anne Vyalitsyna, being a Victoria's Secret model, people still can't seem to get a grip on his sexuality. While most men would be sending out a press release to set the record straight, Adam takes the rumors as a compliment, saying:
“There’s no way to hide my straightness, but if people didn’t think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn’t be doing my job very well. Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned. Bowie. Jagger. Freddie Mercury. I wouldn’t be the front man of a band if that question hadn’t come up at some point.”
His comfort with his own sexuality may be due in part to his comfort with his brothers. The Maroon 5 frontman opened up about his family's early acceptance of his openly gay brother, saying:
“We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it’s OK. A lot of people don’t want their kid to be gay and will fight it at all costs. But I’ve got news for you—it’s a losing fucking battle. The more you fight it, the more fucked-up your kid’s gonna be. You’ve just gotta embrace it from the beginning. That’s the only way to deal with it as a family. Otherwise, you’re just screwing yourself over, and you’re gonna make your kid miserable.”
As far as the nature versus nurture debate on homosexuality, Adam would like to put an end to the nonsense:
“I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew.”
We wish everyone was as open minded as Adam, but sadly, they're not. However, no one can deny that we're making progress, as Adam explains:
“I’m realistic about the world, but I do have a very sunny perspective on things. When the ‘F word’ and the ‘N word’ are equally taboo, when you can’t just walk around saying that word — which you can, to be brutally honest — that’ll be when it’s really real. Homophobia and racism are very different and have a very different history behind them. But for some reason, we’re a little bit behind with homosexuality. The fact that gay marriage isn’t legal everywhere at this point is a joke. But there are things now that you never thought would have existed, so I think that we’re kind of in good shape.”
His sensitivity to sexual discrimination is perhaps what gives his hit show, The Voice, an edge over the rest of the of reality singing competitions. With two openly gay finalists on the NBC talent show, he expressed frustration in American Idol's efforts to discourage contestants from revealing their sexuality, saying:
“What’s always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken. C’mon. You can’t be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can’t hide basic components of these people’s lives. The fact that The Voice didn’t have any qualms about being completely open about it is a great thing.”
Adam was also quick to endorse the It Gets Better Project. While it sounds like he's got plenty of reasons for doing so, he cited none other than Perez Hilton himself as a major influence!
“Perez [Hilton] asked me to do it. I found it strange that one of the biggest bullies on Earth is asking me. I was really not a fan of his. I thought he was part of the problem. In doing this, I was hoping for a change in him, and I saw one. The guy has changed his tune quite a bit. I respect that.”
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