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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Adam Levine: I'm badass

Adam Levine

Adam Levine would rather be "badass" than be buried in a cemetery.

The 33-year-old Maroon 5 singer considers himself Jewish, although he has rejected formal religious practise to have a more general way of life.

He is unrepentant for his unorthodox Judaism, even though his life decisions - such as covering his body in permanent inkings - mean he cannot be laid to rest alongside others from his religion.

"It's funny, people say two things: they say I can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery, and I think, so cremate me. It's not going to matter to me, I'm dead," Adam revealed to Vanity Fair, when quizzed about the markings. "The other thing people say is I'm not going to want to be an old man with tattoos. And I'm like, yeah, I do. I think it's f**kin' badass."

As part of Maroon 5, who are responsible for catchy hits such as Moves Like Jagger, the good-looking star was at risk of becoming a rock-star cliché. Prior to Adam accepting his role as a coach on the US version of The Voice, he was known more for his womanising ways than his music knowledge.

"There are worse things in this world than to be considered what I was considered. I think people in the limelight - for lack of a better word - are scared of their own shadows. Especially with all the social media and things that bring a lot of attention to someone's personal life," Adam fumed. "People worry more about what they should or shouldn't be doing, and less about who they are and embracing that."

In 2011 Adam joined The Voice alongside well-known figures in the music industry such as Christina Aguilera. Through the show Adam has been able to reveal his true personality, winning him new fans.

"I thought The Voice was a great opportunity for me to repair any kind of character damage I've done in the past," Adam explained. "I can actually speak, rather than be judged on just silly gossip, or someone not liking one of our songs - [neither of which] I think is a fair barometer for judging someone's character."

The Maroon 5 frontman says that being part of a band is still his greatest passion. As the group prepare to start a US tour next month, Adam explained that The Voice will never beat his dedication to music.

"It just was something I loved so much that I wanted to do. I'd been thinking about that since I was 12, and that passion hasn't gone anywhere," Adam said.

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