Adam Levine: Sexiest Man Alive
The energy in a room changes when Adam Levine walks in. Constantly in motion (“I don’t like to be idle,” he says) and capable of reducing nearly anyone in his presence to a quivering jellyfish with the twinkle in his eye, the 34-year-old Maroon 5 singer got very personal with PEOPLE’s Antoinette Coulton and Julie Jordan at a mansion in Miami. He opened up about all his passions from music and yoga to his penchant for being nude (the mental images!). The Los Angeles-raised star insists he’s finally ready to settle down with his fiancée, 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, and he appreciates how his role as a judge on NBC’s hit series The Voice has catapulted him into a new realm of superstardom. “I’ve entered a certain airspace in my mind where I think to myself, ‘This is great,'” he explains of his success. “And it doesn’t need to be any better than this.” We couldn’t agree more.
GETTING TO KNOW ADAM
What went through your mind when you heard you were Sexiest Man Alive?
I was pretty taken aback. As a musician you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn’t really think that this was on the table. It’s totally surreal, funny and amazing.
What did your fiancée think?
It was very matter-of-fact. She giggled.
Does she tease you about anything?
Like being messy?
She’s as bad as I am. It’s a tornado. I get annoyed when people put things away. I’m like, “Where’s my shirt?
I left it on the ground in a ball!” I’m exceedingly messy, not dirty – there’s a big difference. Embrace the chaos, right?
Who’s going to give you the hardest time?
I’ll suffer the most from the band – they’ll catcall and objectify me – but Blake Shelton might give me the most amount of crap [see sidebar, page 96]. You guys should have given it to him. He’s a sexy cowboy.
People would say you exude a certain sexiness on the show. I’m incapable of hiding my emotions. You can best convey what you want with what you say and your mannerisms, just like, “God, mmmm!” It’s more guttural. America is very strangely repressed sexually.
What’s the sexiest part of a woman’s body?
Tough call. You don’t look straight at someone’s legs. You look them in the eye, so that’s the first thing you notice. Then when they’re not looking …
When were you last naked?
This morning. I enjoy being naked. I am naked as much as possible. Regardless of what I look like, why not?
It’s like, who cares?
So what do you sleep in?
Just underwear. Boxer briefs, not too loose, not too tight.
HIS FAMILY TIES
1. “My dad was big on fitness, so I would say that was the thing that rubbed off on me.” 2. “Such a fake smile. That’s the one I would do whenever my mom would say, ‘Smile!'” 3. What quality does Levine find most attractive in his fiancée? “Confidence goes a long way.”
When did you last cry?
I have a good cry every once in a while. If I don’t do it for a long time, I’ll need to induce crying, so I’ll watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which is clearly the best movie ever made. I’ll watch it and cry like a baby.
What were you like in school?
I was a mess. I had really bad acne and hid under a hat for a couple of years. I had no confidence. Music got me through all that.
What’s the sexiest lyric you’ve ever written?
I was 20 or 21. It was the first time I was ever dumped. I had the covers over my head, and I wrote this song called “Woman.” “If I could bottle up the chills that you give me, I would keep them in a jar next to my bed.” That was the best line I ever wrote in my life.
How did you know you were ready to get married?
I didn’t think marriage was for me for a long time. I thought maybe it could be. You should only do it if it finds you and knocks you over the head and says, “This needs to happen.” I was ready when I was ready. That’s about as simple as it could possibly be.
Do you want to be a dad?
Oh yeah. If I had a kid tomorrow or in five years, that would be beautiful. I don’t know when that will happen. I don’t plan.
What’s your biggest vice?
It’s important to know your vices and not necessarily tell the entire world, so I’ll say candy. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I also love food. When I have a meal with anyone, I’m always that last person eating.
Strangest thing you’ve ever been asked to autograph?
Girls don’t tell me to sign their boobs, that’s like Def Leppard. We get lunch boxes and like, “Sign my cell phone!”
Best date night?
Not having any work to do. Just hanging out, a movie, some wine, loose clothes [grins]. Maybe some other stuff too.
His FIRST TIME …
HER NAME WAS KATIE. IT WAS AT FRENCH WOODS SUMMER CAMP WHEN I WAS 11. SHE KISSED ME, AND I REMEMBER FEELING, “OH MY GOD, I’M IN LOVE.” WHICH I WASN’T. BUT I REMEMBER GOING BACK TO MY BUNK AND THINKING, “THAT WAS GREAT. I WANT MORE.”
PROBABLY IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I WAS IN LOVE WITH THIS GIRL ALL THE WAY UNTIL SIXTH GRADE. I WROTE HER POETRY.
FIRST MAJOR PURCHASE
I SAVED AND BOUGHT A HOUSE, BECAUSE I COULDN’T AFFORD TO PAY THE RENT AND BE ON THE ROAD. I THOUGHT, “IF IT ALL GOES AWAY TOMORROW, I’VE GOT THIS HOUSE. I’M GOOD TO GO.”
FIRST SONG YOU EVER SANG IN PUBLIC
I WAS NEVER CONFIDENT ABOUT SINGING IN PUBLIC; I WOULD SING QUIETLY. I HAD A MUSIC TEACHER IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHO WAS AMAZING, AND HE WOULD COME UP AND SAY, “YOU’RE REALLY GOOD AT THIS.”
FIRST SPORTS CAR
I LOVE VINTAGE CARS, SO MY FIRST WAS A 1971 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1. I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE SEVERAL DREAM AUTOMOBILES.
FIRST GIFT YOU GAVE YOUR FIANCEE
THAT’S FOR ME. FOR ME! SHAME ON YOU.
FLOWER & NECKLACE
“I don’t think that you have to necessarily ascribe meaning behind every tattoo.”
“Tattoos wind up being this strange road map or narrative over the years. They always remind me of this long, weird, awesome journey life has been.”
“Simple case of hometown love. Not many people were born and raised in L.A. Gotta wear that badge of pride.”
“A few years ago I fell in love with yoga. The word ‘tapas’ stands for fire … passion … This keeps me connected to something that changed my life.”
“This was inspired by my love of this amazing book of Tibetan drawings.”
“I’ve always had a strange fascination with sharks. I actually think they are the most fascinating creatures on Earth. I guess the tattoo had something to do with that.”
“A last-ditch effort to gain my mother’s approval. She hates this one slightly less than the others.”
“This was my first tattoo. I was 21. It was five days after 9/11. I felt this need to say something with this peaceful thing on my body.”
His INCREDIBLE BODY…
WORKOUT I DID YOGA A FEW YEARS AGO AND FELL IN LOVE IMMEDIATELY. I JUST ABANDONED WEIGHT LIFTING. ON SHOW DAYS I’LL DO A LITTLE SPINNING AND SOME YOGA AND GO ONSTAGE. EVERY DAY IT’S TWO, THREE HOURS OF WORKING OUT. I LOVE TO BE ACTIVE. I JUST FEEL BETTER WHEN I’M BURNING, SWEATING OR DOING SOMETHING.
DIET I’VE LOOKED THE SAME BASICALLY SINCE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I’M LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO EAT WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT, BUT I’M PRETTY HEALTH-CONSCIOUS. BREAD MAKES ME WANT TO GO TO SLEEP. I CAN’T EAT BREAD AND LIVE THIS LIFESTYLE, BECAUSE I WOULD JUST PASS OUT EVERYWHERE.
MANSCAPING WHEN YOU HAVE TATTOOS, YOU WANT TO SEE THEM, AND I’M PRETTY HAIRY, SO SOMEONE RECOMMENDED I WAX. BECAUSE THERE’S A MURAL ON MY ARM, YOU WANT TO SEE IT. I DO THAT, AND IT’S EXCEEDINGLY PAINFUL. I SHAVE AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. I HATE SHAVING. IT’S SO UNNATURAL, YOUR SKIN IS YELLING AT YOU.
PAMPERING I DON’T THINK I’M QUITE AS VAIN AS EVERYBODY THINKS. LET IT BE SAID THERE’S A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF VANITY I POSSESS, BUT I DON’T LOOK IN THE MIRROR EVERY FIVE MINUTES. I SEE A PHYSICAL THERAPIST FOR MASSAGES BECAUSE I WORK OUT SO OFTEN. I DRAW THE LINE AT MANI-PEDIS. YOU’VE GOT TO RETAIN SOME SORT OF MASCULINE CHARACTERISTICS; YOU CAN’T TRIM YOURSELF INTO A TIZZY AND BECOME A WOMAN.
Hey, Adam, CONGRATULATIONS ON BECOMING PEOPLE MAGAZINE’S SEXY MAN!!!! I ALWAYS KNEW YOUR LOOK WOULD COME AROUND … IT’S SO INVENTIVE!! I MEAN, THAT COMBINATION PEE-WEE HERMAN-MEETS-EDDIE MUNSTER VIBE DRIVES THE WOMEN CRAZY!!! JUST REMEMBER, I ALWAYS LOVED YOU FOR WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE.
YOUR BOYFRIEND, Blake
Adam FILLS IN THE BLANKS
I ALWAYS COMPLIMENT A WOMAN ON …
HER SENSE OF HUMOR. I LIKE THAT—WHEN SOMEONE GETS YOU.
MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME … TO TIE MY SHOES, BUT SHE NEVER REVISED THE BUNNY EARS, SO I’M 34 AND I’M STILL TYING THEM THAT WAY.
AROUND THE HOUSE I WEAR …
USUALLY A LEOPARD THONG. THAT’S MY GO-TO. YOU CAN’T EVEN TELL WHICH IS THE FRONT OR BACK.
THE BEST PICKUP LINE IS …
“LET’S HAVE SEX, COOL?” I DON’T KNOW. WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I HAD TO USE THE BAND. I HAD NO GAME.
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