Adam Levine is Having a Hard Time Embracing His Douche Label

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Is he or isn’t he a douche? That’s the million dollar question.

Adam Levine isn’t so sure either. The Maroon 5 lead singer gave an interview to GQ for their July 2014 issue, and in the issue he wonders why the media has labeled him a “douchebag.”

“Douchebag. What is a douchebag?” he asks the magazine. “Would it be really easy to assume that I was a douchebag? Definitely. 100 percent. But that doesn’t mean that I am. Or maybe I am. I don’t know.”

“Okay. So I’m gonna get really intricately self-reflective right now and ask myself the hard questions, to find out, once and for all, definitively, whether or not I’m a douchebag.”

Levine states that there are three ways to tell if someone is a douchebag. First, a lack of self-awareness. “That’s big,” he says. Second, conceitedness. “I’m not arrogant,” he protests. “I’m cocky. It’s different. Cocky is playful.” Third, insecurity. “Or masking deep insecurity with too much security,” he says. “I’m confident. Some people don’t like confidence. They resent confidence.”

“You know what the gist of this article is?” he asks. “Your opening line can be: ‘You don’t have to like me, but I’d prefer it if you did.’ 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 fucking one of them.”

So in the end Levine comes to the conclusion that he probably isn’t a douche after all. Now you get to weigh in? Let us know if you think Adam Levine is a douche or not (and why) in the comments below.

Read the full interview on and pick up the July issue which is on newsstands nationwide on July 1.


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