Adam Levine feels ‘slightly more masculine, more like a man’ now that he’s married


I almost feel a little bit sorry for Adam Levine. He went to the VMAs and the Emmys, he performed with Maroon 5 and presented with a drunk-faced Gwen Stefani and he made his big married-man debut with his new wife Behati Prinsloo. And… nothing. Behati and Adam barely got any press. It was almost like no one cared. Did anyone actually care? I can’t figure it out. I guess you might care about him if you watch The Voice, but it feels like people aren’t really paying attention to his music OR his marriage these days. Which means Adam is going out of his way to talk about Behati and how she makes him feel like more of a man (???).

You won’t find Adam Levine complaining about the ol’ ball and chain. During an interview with Ryan Seacrest Friday morning, the Maroon 5 frontman opened up about his six-week-old marriage to supermodel Behati Prinsloo, saying wedded bliss has changed him forever.

“The relationship doesn’t change,” Levine, 35, told Seacrest, but he himself had – “in a great way.” Marriage, he said, makes you feel “slightly more masculine.”

“If it’s the right marriage, if it’s the right person, the guy feels a little bit more like a man,” The Voice coach explained.

Seacrest, himself thinking about settling down, also asked Levine the infamous “kids question.”

“I want to have 100 kids,” Levine joked. “I want to have more kids than is socially responsible. We can’t do it right now, but it’s in the works.”

As he starts a family, PEOPLE’s reigning Sexiest Man Alive says that his work with Maroon 5 may slow down.

“We want to tour, to a certain degree, forever,” he said, “but at which point does this start to interfere with other things in life that you want to do? There’s probably a day when I’m working a lot less and enjoying my job a little more.”

The veteran rock band will release its fifth album, V, on Sept. 2. Levine told Seacrest that fans should expect “more depth.”

“This one has hits that mean a little more,” he said.

[From People Magazine]

I think I know what Adam is talking about but he’s describing it in a weird way. In the old-school, male-dominated Mad Men-era of business, being a married man meant you were more successful. It meant that you weren’t a “freak” (or a homosexual) and in the old business world, it was seen as a good thing when men became fathers. It meant that they had a reason to stick around, a reason to go to work (to support their family). I think that’s what Adam means when he says he feels more masculine – he feels like he’s joined The Mad Men Club, the boys-will-boys club where marriage makes you better at your job and no one judges you for your sidepieces. He feels more “masculine” because his marriage has helped solidify what he believes in gender norms/the heteronormative world. Am I overthinking this? Probably.

I’m including some photos of Adam and Behati shooting a new video for Maroon 5. She looks so bored. Girl, I feel you. But you married him.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. NewWester says:

    Adam says he feels “slightly more masculine” but did he also say he “was happy” to be married at any point in the interview? If not, that is a big red flag, no wonder Behati does not look pleased

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      I wonder if this means he is super-controlling – sometimes things can ‘change’ if a person does not see the red flags to begin with and also perhaps he wants her to have as many kids as ‘God will allow’ – she does not look happy and he looks like he sounds. Imagine a drunk lecture with that voice I can only shudder to think of it.

    • Tammy says:

      The top picture looks like she is wiping a tear away or it’s a hair but she does not look pleased at all. I wonder if he’s straying already.

  2. jinni says:

    Hopefully all of that new found masculinity can do something for the squeaky, high pitched, nasally voice he has.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      If he would voice train with Paul Brandt instead of Christina Aguiliera that might help.

    • Jayna says:

      Actually, in his new single, a piano ballad, just out yesterday featuring Gwen Stefani he actually seems to sing in his lower register some, and Gwen sounds wonderful. Gwen is the standout, but at least Adam is working with the shades of his voice more in this song. The song sounds like others that have been out before and mixed together, generic, but at least it’s nice to hear Gwen Stefani. I miss her. Because alone he’s not all that interesting. I do like him on the Voice, though.

  3. Seb says:

    I find both of them insufferable. The douche and she looks like she’s a total bitch!

  4. Beatrice says:

    He’s only 35? I thought he was in his 40’s.

  5. Josefa says:

    I will never understand the female fan following this dude has. Not only is he a major douche and idiot, but I fail to see how’s he so unearthly good looking. And he sings like a castrated sheep.

  6. Meme says:

    Adam Levine is a moron.

  7. Lee says:

    This headline made me laugh. I’ve never watched The Voice, can’t stand anything he sings, and avoided knowing anything about him. Then I saw him on the VMA red carpet the other day, and it was a major gay-dar moment. So yeah, the “slightly more masculine” comment fits in nicely with my immediate thought at the time that wow, I wouldn’t be surprised if his marriage is an image-only move. I only hope that his wife is in on it as well.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      No, totally. It’s not off-the-radar-oh-my-god-amal-alamuddin gayness, but he totally moves the needle. Also, they just Brad and Angie’d the wedding and marriage announcement, so I seriously doubt he was looking for blowout publicity. Love “Maps.”

      • bettyrose says:

        off-the-radar-oh-my-god-amal-alamuddin gayness <–LMFAO! Waay too long a phrase to be a new meme, though, we need to shorten that puppy up. How about just "Amal Alert" as in "Amal Alert: girl, don't waste your time on that one."

  8. Ellie66 says:

    Adam just Shut-up. 🙁

  9. Jayna says:

    Actually, Adam was a one of the few thankful highlights to so many meh or boring performances. I actually enjoyed the first song they performed. They were off-site, so those performances never get as much hype. He’s married to a nobody, really, so nobody cares anyway. He would have had to marry someone famous for him to be of interest on the red carpet.

  10. JudyK says:

    Guess it’s not the popular view here, but I love Adam Levine, and, yes, I watch The Voice.

    No one cares? The Plaza at the Today Show is packed today for his performance.

    • bella says:

      @JudyK I was JUST going to post what you did.
      i watched Today and Maroon 5’s performance to a PACKED rock center plaza.
      i’ve seen it reported that he is a douche…not sure where it’s coming from…
      but he is obviously very talented and popular.
      i think it was said on Today this a.m. that 3 of his songs from the new album, not even released yet, are on the top 50 on iTunes.
      i’d say that is a sign of popularity and success.

    • Jayna says:

      You’re not alone. I like Adam. I found one of his interviews very humble about being thankful for the new round of success and knowing how rare it is and how lucky he is. I also like how loyal he is to his band, not trying to ditch them and become a solo singer.

  11. GoodNamesAllTaken says:


  12. eliza says:

    I don’t know if he should feel more masculine because the douche in this tool runs longer than the Mississippi, and that has to take away some of that manly feeling.

  13. Twinkle says:

    He probably is a douche but I always viewed him as a cheeseball. Everything he does: his singing, his songs, their god awful, cheesy music videos in which he’s always featured as the romantic lead, singing topless, dating VS models; all of it just screams CHEESEBALL! And his multitude tats too!

  14. Lara K says:

    I think you nailed it – the marriage was supposed to be big publicity, but instead nobody cares. Maybe because nobody thinks it will last…

    I feel like Adam knows his popularity is fading and is doing everything possible to get press. Frankly I lost all interest when he and Blake did the whole phone number twitter thing. Talk about desperate !

  15. bettyrose says:

    I sort of cringe any time someone (male or female) refers to marriage as a responsibility or self-defining, unless children are involved. Obviously becoming a new parent, especially if rather suddenly by marriage, is a huge life change, but is marrying your live in partner really that fundamental a difference in your identify?

    • Other Kitty says:

      I actually think it does. Promising lifelong fidelity to someone is a VERY big deal. Just because most marriages don’t last doesn’t make it any less of a milestone.

      • bettyrose says:

        Fair enough, although to me having kids and/or sharing a mortgage are far more binding arrangements than getting married. Nothing guarantees fidelity, but having children with someone means that you will be involved in each other’s lives forever. A shared mortgage is less permanent, but it can actually be harder to get out of than a marriage, given the fluctuations of the economy.

  16. Dommy Dearest says:

    I had a minor thing for him that stemmed from the tattoos. But now, douche canoe. All the way.

  17. jferber says:

    It’s her body, not her face, that got her fame. The Victoria’s Secret cachet is clearly a prerequisite for his “undying” love (for the many VS models he has “loved” simultaneously or consecutively). It’s not the woman, but the brand that has his loyalty. Feminism at its finest.

  18. Gypsy says:

    That’s a great message to send to young males, get committed and married – IT’S THE MANLY THING TO DO!
    Time we brought back a belief in the family unit.
    Time we made commitment, maturity and fidelity in males – Sexy
    Time we make the males we most admire and honor – Faithful married males

    • bettyrose says:

      Well, gay men have fought hard for that right, and now that they have it, divorce is so rare that it actually makes national news when it happens.

  19. Veronica says:

    I’m probably giving him too much credit, but he may have also been referring to the social milestone of being in a comitted relationship and supporting a partner physically and emotionally. To some extent I do think that’s a growth stage in American manhood since people in their twenties do often view relationships very casually.

  20. Gross, dude. Slightly more masculine, but not even a little bit slightly less of a douche. You’re married. BFD.