‘The Voice’ Star Adam Levine Slams ‘American Idol’

Written by Jessica Smith on Aug. 16, 2011

If it wasn’t evident that there was a feud between The Voice and American Idol before, Adam Levine is escalating the tension. The Maroon 5 frontman recently slammed the FOX competition in a recent interview with Out magazine. In the article, Levine claims that Idol hides the sexuality of their contestants, whereas contestants on The Voice are allowed to be open about their sexuality.

“[The Voice] is a great show because it doesn’t alienate anybody,” Levine said. “If you’re a talented person, and you want a career, and you’re trying to join an extremely intimidating and also completely dismantled industry — skip all that other bulls–t, and go for what can be immediately effective.”

“What’s always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask [sexuality], for that to go unspoken,” he says. “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.”

Levine also opened up about his brother being out and how his family accepted him, insisting that other families should also support fellow family members. “A lot of people don’t want their kid to be gay and will fight it at all costs,” he says. “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 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.”

Levine also talked about his own sexuality where he himself has been rumored to be gay. “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,” he said. “Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned,” he added. “[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.”

He added, “I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. [laughs] Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew.”