The Shady Side Of Adam Levine

The Shady Side Of Adam Levine
    Maroon 5 frontman and longtime coach on The Voice Adam Levine is an extremely talented
    guy. He's a musician, he can dance, he can do impressions, and he's managed to remain
    high on the A-list for well over a decade. But his time at the top hasn't been completely
    free of controversy. Here are some of the shadier moments in Levine's life so far.
    The serial modelizer
    Levine has developed something of a reputation for being attracted to a very specific type
    of woman: Supermodels. Before he married Behati Prinsloo, there was Nina Agdal and Anne V.
    — and those are just the ones we know about.
    And he has no shame in his runway-loving game. He explained to GQ, "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
    was a time in my life when I lived probably a bit more on the primal level. And it was
    Feuding with co-coaches
    Adam Levine is known taking potshots at Blake Shelton on The Voice, but that's probably
    just for show.
    "Is Blake sad because he didn't get someone?" "WAH!"
    When it comes to everyone else, though, his moments of on-screen sass seem to be a little
    too real.
    In 2012, for example, Levine started a beef with Christina Aguilera, throwing contestant
    Tony Lucca into the middle of things. Lucca knew Aguilera from their Mickey Mouse Club
    days, so during his time on Team Adam, he was used to egg Aguilera on. The feud culminated
    with Lucca's performance of JAY-Z's "99 Problems," which Aguilera deemed offensive.
    "Your beautiful wife and your daughter and family are here tonight, and I just thought
    the lyrical connotation was a little derogatory towards women."
    When Adam then tried to deflect and say that the intention of the song was not to put women
    down, this led to an even bigger barb session between them.
    "You know, We're not referring to women, we're referring to everything.
    "If you're having girl problems."
    "It's called a metaphor?"
    According to insiders, Levine picked the song for his contestant specifically because he
    knew it'd get under Aguilera's skin.
    One source told Radar Online, "Adam and Tony wanted to call Christina out as a b***h but
    make it clear she's not a problem for Tony. It was completely aimed at her."
    And Levine's beef with Aguilera didn't end when cameras stopped rolling. One source claimed
    that he used the c-word against her behind the scenes, and, as a result, she wanted him
    to be fired.
    Levine insisted to Rolling Stone, "We just bicker like brother and sister, and part of
    it is fabricated by the television gods. But she's great. I respect the s--- out of her."
    But it got to a point where the poor publicity warranted other coaches condemning the chaos.
    Cee Lo Green spoke out to say, "It's getting a little bit inconvenient for everyone … Adam
    hasn't come to me and spoken to me [about his issues] and neither has Christina. But
    whatever it is, I'm hoping that we can get over it."
    Fortunately for Voice fans, the two eventually squashed it …
    "Sorry brah"
    But Christina Aguilera wasn't the only Voice alum to catch his ire. He also reportedly
    took issue with current co-coach Miley Cyrus. A source claimed, "Adam really cannot stand
    Miley because he thinks that she is the most obnoxious person ever."
    Playing couch critic
    Levine's feuds with female artists aren't limited to the ladies he works with on The
    Voice. The singer also seems to have a long-term bone to pick with Lady Gaga. In 2011, he tweeted,
    "Lady Gaga took 'Vogue' and 'Express Yourself' and put them in a blender. The result: 'Born
    This Way.'" Gaga never acknowledged this diss.
    Two years later, he took some more unprompted shots at Mother Monster via subtweets when
    she dropped her "Applause" video from ARTPOP, which referenced several major works of art
    throughout history. He wrote, "Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn't make
    you an artist. It makes you an art teacher … I unabashedly love writing and performing
    pop music for both myself AND everyone around me. That's It. It doesn't need any extra sauce."
    Gaga responded in kind, writing, "Uh oh guys, the art police is here." But Levine didn't
    back down and tweeted, "by the way, im NOT an artist. i sing in a band and i make music
    with my friends … Methinks thou dost protest too much…yikes!!! While we're at it we should
    call the grammar police."
    The perfume stink
    Speaking of "doth protest too much," Levine contradicted himself in a big way in 2012.
    In 2011, he tweeted, "I also would like to put an official ban on celebrity fragrances.
    Punishable by death from this point forward." The comment may or may not have been directed
    at Voice frenemy Aguilera, who has several perfumes of her own, but she made sure to
    remind Levine of the comment a year later when he released a scent of his own. She tweeted,
    "Ha ha. Adam Levine, what a difference a year makes. Welcome to the celebrity fragrance
    Even when he walked back on his original comments, however, he made sure to include a subtle
    jab at Christina's fragrances, telling People, "I know there's a stigma attached to it. A
    stigma that I fully understand because I, too, hate the idea of a celebrity fragrance,
    absolutely, 100 percent....I kind of thought to myself, 'Well I'm interested in fashion
    and there's a lot of things about it that could be really cool if done properly. So
    I want to do a thing that's never done properly."
    Calling himself out
    If nothing else, at least Levine is somewhat self-aware. He told GQ that he is well aware
    of how he can come off to others, saying, "Would it be really easy to assume that I
    was a d-------? Definitely. One hundred percent. But that doesn't mean that I am. Or maybe
    I am, I don't know....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------ one of them."
    If you say so, Adam.
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