When asked about the performance by host Ellen Degeneres, Levine jokingly responded, “What the hell are you talking about?”
“It’s a rumor,” he continued. “I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It’s definitely a rumor. And the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing.”
In September of this year, several sources confirmed Maroon 5 will headline the Super Bowl LIII Halftime show in Atlanta, Georgia Feb. 3, 2019.
Following the “confirmations,” the NFL issued a statement, reading: “It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show. We are continuing to work with [longtime sponsor] Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.”
While Levine neither confirmed nor denied, he made several hints alluding that Maroon 5 would obtain the coveted set.
“If it were me, I’d be excited, I’d be nervous,” he stated. “It’s like a billion, gajillion, bazillion people, and so if I were doing it, which can’t confirm or deny … I just can’t wait to watch.”
Maroon 5 Super Bowl Petition
While Maroon 5 have yet to confirm their performance, it didn’t stop immediate backlash including a petition that has since garnered 40,000 signatures. Even Rihanna spoke up, stating she turned down the same offer in support of Colin Kaepernick.
A user launched the petition a few weeks ago. Within one week, it reached 20,000 signatures. A week later, that total doubled.
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