‘The Voice’s’ Adam Levine talks about ‘impulsive’ speech in interview

Adam Levine
Adam Levine
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Stand down, America. “The Voice’s” Adam Levine may not actually hate you.

The Maroon 5 frontman and coach for the hit NBC singing competition show stirred up the Internet outrage machine on Tuesday night when he was heard saying, “I hate this country” while waiting to hear the results of a nationwide vote that would determine the fate of two of this team members (they were both voted off the show).

Outrage followed, with people calling for Levine to be fired from the show or even deported, but in an interview airing on “CBS This Morning” on Sunday (and recorded before he made his “Voice” comments), the musician admits that his mouth has gotten him into trouble before.

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“I’m very much OK with who I am and comfortable in my skin enough to embrace that, even though I don’t say everything the right way and, you know, tend to be a bit impulsive with some of the words that I select,” he tells interviewer Lee Cowan.

Following his “Voice” slip-up, Levine initially tweeted definitions for the words “joke,” “humorless,” “lighthearted” and “misunderstand,” but he eventually released a statement to Us Weekly, stating, “I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration.”

Though Levine may still be on the show, two of his team members, Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, are now eliminated. That leaves just Amber Carrington from Levine’s team with a shot at winning the season.


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