Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine admitted on Tuesday that he “crossed a line” with an Instagram model, but denied cheating on his pregnant wife — when two other women came forward with claims the singer had sent them playful DMs.
Levine, 43, attempted to send “flirty” messages to Sumner Stroh, 23, who accused the tattooed father of two of having had a years-long affair with her in a now viral TikTok post.
“I used my judgment to talk to anyone other than my wife in ANY flirtatious way,” Levin said in a statement on Instagram. “I have not had an affair, yet I have crossed the line during a deplorable period of my life. In some cases it became inappropriate.”
Levine promised to deal with the scandal with wife Behati Prinsloo, a 34-year-old former Victoria’s Secret model. The couple have been married since 2014 and have two daughters, ages 5 and 4. The couple confirmed earlier this month that they are expecting their third child.
“My wife and my family is all I care about in this world,” he continued. “To be so naive and stupid as 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. We will get through it and together we’ll get through it.”
Stroh claimed in the bombshell video, which has been viewed more than 15 million times, that she was in a relationship with the “Moves Like Jagger” singer for about a year, when she “graduated from college in 2021”.
However, she said she hadn’t spoken to Levine in months when he sent her a message out of the blue in June saying he wanted to name his unborn son “Sumner.”
“Okay, serious question,” Levine is said to have written in the June 1 message. “I’m having another baby and it’s w [sic] Boy, I really want to call it Sumner. Do you think that’s okay? Dead serious.”
Stroh — who hails from Texas but now lives in Los Angeles — claims she only made her story public after it was sold out by a friend, who reportedly went to an unidentified tabloid with screenshots of Levine’s racy posts.
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“It’s unreal how f–king hot you are. Like it’s driving me crazy,” he allegedly texted her.
Stroh told Page Six that the alleged affair took place “last year” and was “physical, yes, but I won’t say anything further.”
Following Levine’s denial, Stroh appeared to be shadowing Levine in a cryptic Instagram post.
“Somebody give this man a dictionary,” she posted.
Meanwhile, two more women shared alleged screenshots of flirty messages with Levine in the wake of the controversy, TMZ reported.
In a green screen TikTok video from Monday, Alyson Rosef claimed that Levine texted her, “I shouldn’t be talking to you, you know [that] Turn right?” ??”
Another woman, comedian Maryka, took to her Instagram story on Tuesday to share her alleged DMs with Levine, which began with his alleged message to her that read, “I’m obsessed with you now.”
“Dude, don’t you like getting married,” Maryka wrote back, to which the singer reportedly replied, “Yeah, but it’s a little complicated.”
Levine has not publicly addressed any of the women’s claims.
Stroh was panned on TikTok, with many claiming she was a grown woman who seemingly showed no remorse for her alleged affair with a married man.
She said in a separate TikTok video on Monday that she “completely realizes”[s]she is “not the victim” in the situation.
“I’m not the one who gets hurt by this. It’s Behati and her children,” Stroh continued. “And for that, I’m so, so sorry.”
She later took to Instagram Stories to discuss the backlash she received on her claims.
“Conscious people will try to fill the gaps with many false assumptions. I don’t feel like I’m doing any favours, given the way this was supposed to be done,” Stroh said. “It’s a lot to digest, but hopefully the truth that comes out can at least do some good.”
Stroh also posted a “part 2” video late Monday, in which she said she was “disgusted” with herself.
“I am so disgusted and ashamed of the pain and pain I have caused,” she said. “I didn’t want to sound whiny, so that wasn’t said in this video.”
Additional reporting by Andrew Court