Aside from the fact that American Idol is essentially his competition, The Voice judge Adam Levine says there’s something he can't stand about Idol.
“What’s always pissed me off about 'Idol' is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken,” he 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 about it is a great thing.”
Indeed, during its premiere, The Voice featured two openly lesbian contestants. In the second episode, it featured two openly gay men. Idol, on the other hand, has also had gay contestants, but they’ve waited until after the competition to acknowledge their sexuality.
The obvious thought here is, who gives a sh-t what your orientation is, and why do you need to express it publicly one way or another? But, I guess it’s not that simple. Because Adam Lambert admitted he was coerced by FOX to keep his sexuality under wraps.
“It was hard for me because I wasn’t able to talk,” Lambert said. "So I was sitting there, going, I can't really put in my two cents. It felt out of control, and feeling out of control is scary."
Lambert told Out magazine in 2009 that he wanted to come out publicly, but FOX suggested otherwise.
The whole thing hits home for Levine, as he has a brother who is homosexual.
"I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired," Levine laughs. "Trust me, you're born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew."
He also has advice for families who have a loved one come out:
“A lot of people don't want their kid to be gay and will fight it at all costs. But I've got news for you -- it's a losing f-cking battle. The more you fight it, the more f-cked-up your kid's gonna be. You've just got to embrace it from the beginning. That's the only way to deal with it as a family."
Levine has been dating Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna for almost two years, but his own sexuality has been questioned as well, especially since being featured in the music video for Moves Like Mick Jagger.
"There's no way to hide my straightness," Levine says, "but if people didn't think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn't be doing my job very well. Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned. Bowie. Jagger. Freddie Mercury. I wouldn't be the front man of a band if that question hadn't come up at some point."