Feud Alert! Adam Levine Slams American Idol

Find out what the Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach says about reality television's biggest music competition show, plus how his family reacted when his younger brother came out of the clos

By Marc Malkin Aug 15, 2011 9:13 PMTags
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Adam Levine keeps giving us more reasons to love him.

Not only does the Maroon 5 frontman talk about his gay brother in the new issue of Out magazine, but he also explains why he has no problem finding men attractive and his fondness for taking his clothes off.

Then The Voice coach starts talking about what he thinks is the problem with American Idol...

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Levine blasts the Fox show for allegedly not allowing same-sex loving contestants like Adam Lambert to be out of the closet from Day 1. "What's always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken," he tells the mag. "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."

Reps for Idol did not immediately comment about Levine's remarks.

The 32-year-old "Moves Like Jagger" singer said his family couldn't have been more supportive when his younger brother told them he was gay.

"We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that's it's OK," Levine said. "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 f--king battle. The more you fight it, the more f--ked-up your kid's gonna be.

"You've gotta embrace it from the beginning," he continued. "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."

What else do we learn about Levine via Out? Well, he has no problem admiring another man. "I'm extremely comfortable in my sexuality, so I can think, Oh, that's a good-looking dude," he said. "Acknowledging that someone's attractive and wanting to f--k a dude are two different things."

Not that he minds if you think he swings both ways. "[I]f people didn't think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn't be doing my job very well," he said. "Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned. [David] Bowie. [Mick] Jagger. Freddie Mercury. I wouldn't be the front man of a band if that question hadn't come up at some point."

As for his ubiquitous nudity, Levine explained, "I just love being as naked as possible all the time—it feels really natural to me."

Thank you. We appeciate it.

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