Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Adam Levine: Getting Harder to Breathe? Don't Worry: That's a Common Reaction to Seeing or Hearing Adam Levine, Front Man for Maroon 5, the 2005 Grammy Award-Winners for Best New Artist. but Is Levine Just Another Oversexed Playboy out to Tempt Gay Men? Regardless, When the Band's Sophomore Album, It Won't Be Soon before Long, Drops on May 22, He Will Still Be Loved

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Adam Levine: Getting Harder to Breathe? Don't Worry: That's a Common Reaction to Seeing or Hearing Adam Levine, Front Man for Maroon 5, the 2005 Grammy Award-Winners for Best New Artist. but Is Levine Just Another Oversexed Playboy out to Tempt Gay Men? Regardless, When the Band's Sophomore Album, It Won't Be Soon before Long, Drops on May 22, He Will Still Be Loved

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Were you surprised when The Advocate asked you to participate in Big Gay Following?

Not really. We like everybody. The more people that like our band, it's amazing.

Do yon have a lot of gay people in your life?

Yeah, I do. It's funny how there are actually magazines that are gay magazines and you focus on a specific type of person in your demographic. Just because I've never been that way, it's funny to have that conversation. Yeah, there are important gay people, straight people, blue people, orange people.

Do guys ever hit on you?

Not outwardly. Not "Hey, you wanna make out?" It doesn't happen to me. I don't know why. But I never really pick up on when I'm hit on anyway--unless I'm into it, and then I just convince myself that they're hitting on me.

So we shouldn't expect a sequel to your first album, Songs About Jane, called Songs About Dick?

No, I'm not into dick. I wish I were. It would be so much easier. Because, you know, men have a certain camaraderie with each other that's easygoing and kind of simple, when you think about it. Sometimes men and women clash mentally, although physically it works out.

If you were into guys, who would be your type?

Oh, there are beautiful men out there. Antonio Banderas is gorgeous. Well, maybe not so much anymore. He peaked around Desperado. I mean, every male secretly wants to have sex with Brad Pitt, but that's a given.

It's hard enough to lust after an unattainable celebrity without his simulating sex like you did in the racy "This Love" video. Are you trying to torture fans--particularly gay men?

Yes, the whole reason I started playing music was specifically to torture gay men. No, I've always been a very sexually open person. America has a problem with sexuality, and it all seems too preposterous to me--even debating over it. I'm most definitely straight, but I grew up with amazing parents who taught me what's really important: character. It makes no difference to me what someone's sexual orientation is. If they're a dickhead, they're a dickhead.

How did you feel when they made the video PG-rated by covering you up with computer-generated flowers?

That was ridiculous. That was Janet [Jackson] and Justin's [Timberlake] fault. That whole thing happened--I don't know even know what it was. I just know her tit was hanging out. All of a sudden we were in the '50s again. I'm all about public displays of nudity, but if you're going to do it, don't do it that way. …

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