August 16th, 2011
03:13 PM ET
Adam Levine may view "American Idol" as a "cultural institution," as he tells Out magazine in its latest issue, but there's at least one thing about the show that sets him off.
The "Voice" coach and musician vented to the magazine about what he sees as the Fox show's downplaying of contestants' sexuality. (The network declined to comment on Levine's remarks.)
“What’s always pissed me off about 'Idol' is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken,” he said. “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 adds that he can "single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two,” he went on. “We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it’s OK.”
As far as any guesses about his own sexuality, "there's no way to hide my straightness," the "Moves Like Jagger" singer said.
"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 went on. "Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned. Bowie. Jagger. Freddie Mercury. I wouldn’t be the front man of a band if that question hadn’t come up at some point.”
Read the rest of Levine's interview when Out magazine's September issue hits newsstands August 23.
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