Levine: It Was Easy to Assume I Was a Douchebag
By JACKIE WILLIS
June 25, 2014
GQ magazine asks the question that has been looming over Adam Levine's public persona ever since Maroon 5 showed up on the music scene: Is he a douche?
"Would it be really easy to assume that I was a douchebag? Definitely," People's 2013 Sexiest Man Alive admits. "One hundred percent. But that doesn't mean that I am. Or maybe I am, I don't know."
Levine confesses that he went a "little f**king nuts" when he first got famous. "I was out there having fun, you know. I didn't give a s**t, and I got burned for it. People change; people grow up, get more self-aware and in tune with all this s**t."
The Voice judge adds, "You know what the gist of this article is? Your opening line can be: 'You don't have to like me, but I'd prefer it if you did.' That's kind of how I feel. I'm not the easiest person to love right off the bat, you know. If I knew everyone in the world, they would love me. Every single last f**king one of them."
The 35-year-old also touched on the differences between men and women, telling the publication, "Men are not as sophisticated as women. They're not as mature as women. They're not as connected with their emotions as women. There's a very Neanderthal quality that still exists in a lot of men. There's the carnal s**t you can't deny. And if you're in the public eye, to me, it's very boring to say what you have to say and be media trained to the extent that you don't ever reveal any truth. There was a time in my life when I lived probably a bit more on the primal level. And it was amazing."
Defending his preference for models, Behati Prinsloo's fiance tells GQ, "Preference should never be looked down upon. Unless it's based on something really sh**ty. I'm not saying I have a preference, but like, I want to date someone... Listen, there are a lot of women in this country, in many countries, who date men for their money. Okay? That's despicable. Right? That's not what we're talking about here. Whatever does it for you, man. I don't like feet. You know what I mean? But some people do. Some people have f**king foot fetishes. And it's weird to me. But I don't have to deal with it, because I don't have that. You know?
BONUS! ET's got a behind-the-scenes look at Levine's GQ photo shoot where he also dishes out sage advice to the magazine's readers.
Do you think the singer's GQ quotes help or hurt his image?