After Model Alleges an Affair, Adam Levine Responds

Maroon 5 frontman denies affair but admits 'crossing the line'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2022 2:40 PM CDT
After Model Alleges an Affair, Adam Levine Responds
Adam Levine of Maroon 5.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

On Monday, Instagram model Sumner Stroh posted a TikTok video in which she claimed to have carried on a nearly year-long affair with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and showed Instagram messages that were allegedly from him. (Stuff like, "You are 50 times hotter in person.") Levine addressed the rumors, though without naming Stroh, on Tuesday.

In her initial 90-second video, Stroh said she came forward after learning that someone she considered a friend was attempting to sell the story to a tabloid. In a second video, she said she hastily made her video after that tabloid reached out to her for comment. Stroh said she was "under the impression that their marriage was over"—referring to Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo—and cited her newness to LA and naivety with the celebrity scene in assuming it was normal for celebs to split but not go public with the news. What follows is the full statement Levine posted as an Instagram story on Tuesday:

"A lot is being said about me right now and I want to clear the air. I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner. I did not have an affair, nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period in my life. In certain instances it became inappropriate. I have addressed that and taken proactive steps to remedy this with my family. My wife and my family is all I care about in this world. To be this naïve and stupid enough to risk the only thing that truly matters to me was the greatest mistake I could ever make. I will never make it again. I take full responsibility. We will get through it. And we will get through it together." (More Adam Levine stories.)

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