For months now, Maroon 5 has been plagued with criticism for agreeing to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show amid boycotts and protests against the league’s treatment of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the National Anthem.
For the first time, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 addresses the controversy. He says, “You know I think that when you look back at every single halftime show, people just can’t – it’s this like insatiable urge to hate a little bit,” Levine told ET’s Kevin Frazier.
“I’m not in the right profession if I can’t handle a little bit of controversy. It’s what it is. We expected it. We’d like to move on from it.” Levine adds that he discussed the decision with “many people,” but, “I silenced all the noise and listened to myself, and made my decision based on upon how I felt about it all.”
Levine however insists it was a tough decision that he did not take lightly. “No one thought about it harder than I did. No one put more thought and love into this than I did.”
“It took a lot of looking inward, it took a lot of introspection,” he added. “I thought to myself, ‘What’s my greatest tool, what’s the thing that I can use to express myself and what’s the best way for the band to express themselves, and how are we going to do it this year? What do we owe ourselves? What do we owe the people?’ And that’s what we did. And I’m beyond proud of the finished product and literally, I’ve never been more excited in my entire life to present this to people because I believe that it’s truly a reflection of all of us.”
When asked why the pre-game show conference was cancelled, Levine replied, “The NFL cancelled the press conference, so you'll have to speak with them.”