Quote: Adam Levine Criticizes ‘American Idol’ Sexuality Secrecy

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“What’s always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask (sexuality), for that to go unspoken. 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.”

— ADAM LEVINE, lead singer of Maroon 5, criticizing American Idol‘s policy of forbidding contestants to speak about their personal lives; two openly gay contestants made it to the finals of rival reality show The Voice, for which Levine is a judge (via Out)