Adam Levine: I Don’t Think I’m ‘A Douchebag’

Despite unending Internet comments labeling Adam Levine a D-bag, the “Maroon 5” frontman insists he is not, though he understands why he’s become a hater-magnet.

“Would it be really easy to assume that I was a douchebag? Definitely. 100 percent,” the singer tells GQ in a new interview for their July issue. “But that doesn’t mean that I am. Or maybe I am, I don’t know.”

The 35-year-old star explained why he thinks he’s gotten a bad rap.

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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. There’s a very Neanderthal quality that still exists in a lot of men. There’s the carnal sh*t you can’t deny, “he said. “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 Voice” coach said he thinks his actions during his younger days probably contributed to his reputation.

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“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**king nuts,” he told the mag. “And good. I deserved to go a little bit nuts. And I had the time of my life.”

Adam, who is about to marry model Behati Prinsloo, said he’s matured and grown as a person.

“I was out there having fun, you know. I didn’t give a sh*t, and I got burned for it,” he said. “People change; people grow up, get more self-aware and in tune with all this sh*t.”

GQ’s July issue hits newsstands on July 1.

-- Erin O’Sullivan

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