Adam Levine in GQ July 2014: What is a Douchebag?
Given his multi-platinum recording success and impressive resume of model ex-girlfriends, Adam Levine has a right to an inflated ego.
In the July 2014 issue of GQ magazine, the “Misery” crooner openly questions why he’s been labeled a “douchebag” by the mass media.
Levine shares, "Douchebag. What is a douchebag? Would it be really easy to assume that I was a douchebag? Definitely. 100 percent. But that doesn't mean that I am. Or maybe I am. I don't know."
"Okay, so I'm gonna get really intricately self-reflective right now and ask myself the hard questions, to find out, once and for all, definitively, whether or not I'm a douchebag,” he continues.
Still, Adam insists, "I'm not arrogant. I'm cocky. It's different. Cocky is playful… I'm confident. Some people don't like confidence. They resent confidence."
As a result, he explains, "You know what the gist of this article is? 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*cking one of them."
The “Harder to Breathe” crooner also references his reputation for being a lothario, which started after Songs About Jane sold three million albums and he moved into the Chateau Marmont. "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*cking nuts. You know? And good. I deserved to go a little bit nuts. And I had the time of my life."
And regarding the disparity of the sexes, Levine states, "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 sh*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."
Nowadays, Adam is engaged to Behati Prinsloo, his third lingerie model. "I don't date what the person does. I date the f*cking 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."
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