In an interview with Out magazine, the Maroon 5 singer said rock's greatest showmen are "guys whose sexuality was always questioned." He cited David Bowie and Freddie Mercury among his favorites, as well as Mick Jagger, the inspiration behind his group's latest single, the Christina Aguilera collaboration "Moves Like Jagger."
Flouncing along in his heroes' footsteps, Levine said that he himself aims to portray an ambiguous sexuality, and that he welcomes accusations he's homosexual, even though he's straight.
"If people didn't think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn't be doing my job very well," he told the magazine. "I wouldn't be the front man of a band if that question hadn't come up at some point."
These days, Levine is perhaps best known for his role as a judge on NBC's 'The Voice,' and he said his TV talent show does a better job than competitor 'American Idol' of embracing gay contestants.
"What's always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask [a person's sexuality]," he told Out. "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 peoples' lives."
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