The lead singer of Maroon 5 Adam Levine denies having an affair with Instagram model Sumner Stroh but acknowledges that he “stepped the line” by having “flirtatious” conversations with Behati Prinsloo, who is not his wife.
In a popular TikTok video on Monday, Stroh revealed her accusations, claiming she had been “having an affair with a man who’s married to Victoria’s Secret model.
“I was young and naive at the time,” she admitted. “To be honest, I feel taken advantage of. I was obviously more vulnerable since I wasn’t as involved in the scene as I am today.
She acknowledged the man was Levine after claiming that Maroon 5 was “practically elevator music at this point.” Before revealing DMs she referred to as “how he came back into my life” after she stopped things, she stated, “Adam and I were dating each other for almost a year.”
“Ok serious question,” Levine’s alleged direct message to her read. “I’m having another baby and if it’s [a] boy I really want to name it Sumner. You ok with that? DEAD serious.”
Stroh said she was “in hell at this point,” with her morals “unknowingly compromised.” She said she was “completely manipulated.”
Levine spoke out in a statement Tuesday.
In a post to his Instagram Stories, Levine stated, “A lot is being said about me right now and I want to clarify the air.” “I acted irresponsibly by flirtatiously communicating with anyone other than my wife. Even though I didn’t have an affair, I crossed the line at a bad time in my life.
The performer acknowledged that “in certain situations it got inappropriate,” but claimed to have “addressed that and taken aggressive steps to correct this with my family.”
He continued on Instagram, “My wife and my family is all I care about in this world. “The biggest mistake I could have ever made was to be this naive and ignorant to risk the only thing that actually mattered to me. I won’t succeed again. I accept full accountability. We’ll manage to overcome it. And together, we shall overcome this.
In a “Part 2” TikTok video posted on Monday, Stroh expressed her belief that Levine’s marriage was finished and that he and Prinsloo were keeping things secret to avoid negative press.
I just believed that celebrities of that kind would act that way since I was new to Los Angeles, she added. He knew I believed all he said because of my fragile situation as a newcomer to Los Angeles, which is why I feel abused.
Stroh said that Levine had been “hiding in plain sight” while trying to manipulate her by DMing her straight from his verified Instagram account.
Stroh said that the only reason she came out was as a result of having “recklessly” shared some screenshots with acquaintances, one of whom allegedly tried to pitch the story to a tabloid. When the tabloid contacted her for comment and she went public in an effort to discredit whatever story the anonymous tabloid might have had, she said she understood what had transpired the previous day.
“Now that I look back, I wish I had questioned more. I regret being so naive, but you know, ignorance is no defense for the part I played in this, Stroh added. “Once more, I was in no way attempting to win your sympathy, and I am aware that I am not the victim in this. The person who is actually suffering here is not me. Behati and her kids are to blame, and I’m truly sorry.