Adam Levine talks Lady Gaga and pal Jake Gyllenhaal: Will everyone stop thinking that dude is gay? Seriously guys.”
Sexy Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine talked with Out.com about his band’s sound (“I think we’re not necessarily interested in fitting into a category”), on his continued success (“I have ownership of who I am and what I do, so what everyone else thinks doesn’t matter to me.”) and how his sex symbol status impacts the band’s credibility to some (“It’s propelled me to a place that I enjoy, mostly, so I’m not mad at that.”).
Adam was asked about the attention he has gotten for hanging out with actor Jake Gyllenhaal and he comes out and says: “Will everyone stop thinking that dude is gay? Seriously guys. How immature is it of the media to perceive this guy — it has to be because of Brokeback, right? I’ve known this dude forever. He’s one of my oldest friends, and it’s very weird that they have this — it’s very immature and infantile the way they treat his whole situation. If him hanging out with his bros means he’s gay, it’s like further perpetuating that weird homophobia that exists in our culture, which is just stupid. So, yeah, he’s my buddy. I fuckin’ love the guy.”
I love what Adam has to say about Lady Gaga: Gaga is the perfect example because people are definitely saying things like, “changed the face of music” and “avant-garde.” And I love what she does. I love the fact that she exists. It’s almost like, finally there’s a pop star who brings a little bit more weight to it. She’s weird. She’s a weird chick. She does weird shit. She dresses weird. Her music is slightly off. That’s awesome. I think that’s great for pop music because it’s been so safe up to this point, and I like that she’s nude all the time and weird and awesome and cool. Madonna was that way too. I know she gets that comparison a lot, but it’s true. She was pushing the envelope back in the day. She was doing the same thing that Gaga’s doing to a large extent. She has her own spin on it. That’s fantastic. I love subverting the new generation of pop music and all these really safe Disney kids. But no, I’m not going to try to sound like that because that would be weird. That would be even weirder than Lady Gaga herself if we just all of a sudden got really strange — because we’re not, that’s just not who we are. But she’s great, and there are very few things these days that are truly innovative and forward-thinking or at least different. Goddamn, everything’s just so generic. I like things that shake shit up.”