Maroon 5 lead singer and mentor on “Voice” coach Adam Levine is proving to be one of the more vocal voices from the NBC hit show.
The 32-year-old singer opened up in a new cover story for OUT magazine, speaking about his gay brother – and calling out rival singing competition “American Idol” for its alleged habit of concealing gay contestants.
“What’s always pissed me off about American 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,” Levine says. “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.”
He still admits “Idol” is a force but is proud of “The Voice” for embracing all contestants openly (two of the finalists from the first season were gay).
“I can’t f*** with ‘American Idol,’” Levine added. “It’s a cultural institution. On ‘The Voice,’ we just care about a different list of things. It’s for a different type of person, I guess.”
The issue of sexuality hits home for Levine, whose brother is gay, and whose family was very supportive.
“I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired,” Levine jokes. “Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew.”
“We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it’s OK,” he continues. “A lot of people don’t want their kid to be gay and will fight it all costs, but I’ve got news for you—it’s a losing f***ing battle,” he said. “You’ve got to 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 going to make your kid miserable.”