Adam Levine is Out magazine’s new cover boy. He’s straight, but thanks you for asking. (“If people didn’t think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn’t be doing my job very well.”) Having grown up with a gay brother, the Maroon 5 singer and judge of NBC’s The Voice — who signed on early for the It Gets Better Project — spoke out against homophobia, particularly as he perceives it within American Idol.
Here’s the thrust: Whereas The Voice boasted four openly gay contestants in its debut season, as pointed out by EW three months ago, Idol has always followed an unspoken don’t-ask-don’t-tell code. “What’s always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken,” Levine 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.” READ FULL STORY »