Adam Levine to OUT: My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two

Aug 15, 2011 at 1:41 p.m. ET

The Voice's Adam Levine recently opened up to OUT magazine about his brother who happens to be gay. Read on to find out what he had to say about acceptance and how he feels about the way American Idol treats their contestants.

The Voice's Adam Levine strikes us as someone who doesn't have much of a problem accepting anyone, including his brother who happens to be gay.

Levine recently chatted with OUT magazine for its September issue, covering everything from accepting his gay brother to American Idol.

Adam Levine said of his brother coming out, "I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. Trust me, you're born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two."

The lead singer of Maroon 5 and The Voice's judge told Shana Naomi Krochmal, "We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it's OK."

The age old battle of trying to "change" someone who is gay is something Levine has his own opinions on. "A lot of people don't want their kid to be gay and will fight it at all costs, but I've got news for you—it's a losing f***ing battle," he said.

Levine added, "You've got to embrace it from the beginning. That's the only way to deal with it as a family. Otherwise you're just screwing yourself over, and you're going to make your kid miserable."

The Moves Like Jagger singer switched gears for a moment to dishAmerican Idoland its contrasting views on how it deals with contestants compared to The Voice.

"What's always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken," he said. "C'mon. You can't be publically gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can't hide basic components of these people's lives. The fact that The Voice didn't have any qualms about being completely open about it is a great thing."

For more on Adam Levine's interview in Out, pick up their September issue. You can also see Adam Levine return to The Voice in February for season two after the Super Bowl.

Photo credit: Yu Tsai/OUT