Adam Levine has addressed recent allegations that he cheated on his wife Behati Prinsloo, claiming he was “not having an affair”, but “crossed the line”.
The 43-year-old Maroon 5 frontman, who is currently expecting his third child with his wife of eight, responded to the allegations, which were shared by model Sumner Stroh on TikTok on Tuesday in an Instagram post.
“A lot is being said about me now and I want to clear the air. I used poor judgment to talk to anyone other than my wife in ANY sort of flirty way,” Levine wrote in a post shared in his Stories. “I haven’t had an affair, but I did cross the line at a deplorable period in my life.”
He went on to say that “in certain cases it became inappropriate” and that he “has addressed that” and “took proactive steps to remedy this with [his] family”.
“My wife and my family is all I care about in this world,” he continued. “To be so naive and stupid enough to risk the only thing that really matters to me was the biggest mistake I could ever make. I will never make it again. I take full responsibility.”
Levine closed his post, assuring his fans and followers that he and his family would get “together” through the rumours.
“We’ll get through it. And we will get through it together,” he wrote.
Levine’s statement comes after Stroh, a 23-year-old model, made the allegations in a TikTok video on Monday, September 19.
In her video, Stroh said, “I had an affair with a man who is married to a Victoria’s Secret model,” before claiming, “At the time, I was young, I was naive, and I mean, frankly, I feel exploited. .”
Stroh, who said the relationship lasted about a year, also shared screenshots of Instagram messages she claimed were sent by the Maroon 5 singer from his verified Instagram account, where he told her: “It’s really unreal how damn hot you are. Like it’s driving me crazy.”
In the video, Stroh also included a screenshot of a message she allegedly received from the singer after the couple ended their relationship. The image showed Levine asking if he could name his unborn child after her.
“Okay, serious question. I’m having another baby and if it’s a boy I really want to name him Sumner. Do you think that’s okay? DEAD seriously,” Levine reportedly wrote, along with a single shrug emoji.
The model claims she decided to speak out about the experience after the alleged affair was allegedly leaked to tabloids by “friends I thought I trusted”.
In a follow-up video shared later the same day, Stroh said she initially wanted to talk about the relationship, while acknowledging how “disgusting, embarrassed and remorseful” she felt, but didn’t want people to think she was “the victim.”
Stroh also echoed her allegation about a friend trying to “sell” the story to a tabloid magazine, an attempt the Instagram model said she learned about on Sunday when the outlet approached her for comment.
“So I was totally frantic,” she said.
In the second video, Stroh also said she was “impressed” that Levine and Prinsloo’s marriage was “over”. “I believed they kept it quiet to avoid the negative press because, like I said, I was new to LA. So with celebrities of that caliber, I just assumed it was,” she continued. that’s why I feel exploited, because he knew I believed everything he said, because of my vulnerable position of being new to LA.”
Stroh also claimed that because Levine was allegedly messaging her from his verified Instagram account, she had no reason to further question his alleged claims about the status of his marriage.
She went on to claim that she wished she had “challenged things more” before noting, “Being naive doesn’t excuse what I did and the part I played in it.”
The 23-year-old closed the video, telling her followers that she was “so, so sorry” for Prinsloo and her children.
Levine has been married to the Victoria’s Secret model since 2014. The couple share two daughters, ages four and five, and announced earlier this month that they were expecting their third child.
The independent has reached out to representatives for Levine and Stroh for comment.