Adam Levine On “Douchebag” Reputation: “I’m Not The Easiest Person To Love”

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By Michael Lewittes


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Adam Levine gets introspective about whether or not he is a “douchebag.”

“The thing is, there are a number of people who might say a douchebag is Adam Levine. Have said it, in fact. There it is, right in a BuzzFeed headline: ‘Adam Levine Is the Definition of Hot Douche,'” he tells the July issue of GQ.

But the Maroon 5 frontman is less sure about how deserving he is of that label.

“Would it be really easy to assume that I was a douchebag? Definitely. One hundred percent. But that doesn’t mean that I am. Or maybe I am, I don’t know,” says Levine.

He acknowledges that, “I’ve worked hard, but I’ve also had a lot of wonderful things happen to me. I haven’t been dealt a hard hand. I’m not an easy guy to root for.”

Levine is also aware of how his early debauchery contributed to his “douchebag” image, but, he says, “All of a sudden, I had money in my bank account. I hadn’t had a break in a long time. And I went a little f**king nuts. You know? And good. I deserved to go a little bit nuts. And I had the time of my life.”

He explains, “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.”

Still, says the Maroon 5 frontman, “That was kind of the foundation of all the negative s**t I still get. I was out there having fun, you know. I didn’t give a s**t, and I got burned for it.”

Now, however, he insists, “People change; people grow up, get more self-aware and in tune with all this shit.”

“Being 35, as a dude, is basically the time in your life where you say, ‘Am I gonna be a kid for twenty more years? Or am I gonna be a grown-up? It’s almost like you think to yourself, God, you know, I don’t want to be a 50-year-old dude trolling around a club in L.A,” he explains.

Now engaged to Behati Prinsloo, Levine also addresses the part of his douchebag reputation that comes from his model-heavy dating history.

“I don’t date what the person does. I date the f**king person. You know what I mean? I could have been a zitty teenager and walked into a Tower Records, and we would have talked about Pearl Jam, and we would have fallen in love when we were 15. And that’s when you know. It’s like, oh, my God, game over,” he explains.

He continues, “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?”

Levine also thinks people may not like him because, “I’m confident. Some people don’t like confidence. They resent confidence.”

Overall, the “Voice” coach has mixed feelings about being thought of as a douchebag.

“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,” he says.

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