Adam Levine on Why He’s So Misunderstood: ‘I’m Not a Douchebag’

“Or maybe I am, I don’t know,” the Maroon 5 frontman muses in GQ cover story

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 4:28 PM

Adam Levine doesn’t need your approval — but if you knew him better, he’s confident he’d get it.

The 35-year-old singer, actor and TV personality tells GQ, “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 fucking one of them.”

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Some might call that attitude cocky, or “douchey,” in fact, but Levine isn’t so sure.

Levine continued, “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.”

Though he’s featured in a current festival darling, John Carney‘s “Begin Again” (also starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo), and returning as a judge this fall on NBC’s “The Voice,” the tattooed heartthrob was content to wax philosophical about gender inequities and romance.

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“Men are not as sophisticated as women. They’re not as mature as women. They’re not as connected with their emotions as women,” he said. “There’s a very Neanderthal quality that still exists in a lot of men. There’s the carnal shit 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.”

The “Moves Like Jagger” singer, who is engaged to model Behati Prinsloo, was candid about his dating preferences, too.

“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,” he said.

“I don’t like feet. You know what I mean? But some people do. Some people have fucking 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?”

Hopefully this plea to be adored doesn’t wind up alienating fans within the foot fetish community.