Where do you draw the line when it comes to what’s considered cheating? Amid claims — and apparent receipts via some, ahem, “flirty” DMs and messages from Instagram model Sumner Stroh (and others) — Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine (who is married to wife Behati Prinsloo) admits that he “crossed a line,” but says he “did not have an affair.” From Levine’s Tuesday-night statement to the models’ claims to the outspoken reactions of several celebrities, here’s what we know so far about Adam Levine’s message scandal.
The claims first came out after an odd baby name request
The scandal came to light on Monday, when 23-year-old Instagram model Sumner Stroh posted a video to TikTok where she claimed to have had an affair with Levine for “about a year,” according to Global News.
“Essentially, I was having an affair with a man who is married to a Victoria’s Secret model,” Stroh said, before claiming that the man was Adam Levine, and showing screenshots of alleged messages that the two exchanged.
In the TikTok, Stroh says that she had stopped speaking to Levine when he messaged her asking if he could name his baby “Sumner” (Levine and Prinsloo are currently expecting their third child together).
“Ok serious question. I’m having another baby and if it’s [a] boy I really wanna name it Sumner. You ok with that? DEAD serious,” the screenshot of the alleged message read.
Stroh, who said in her video on the topic of the alleged affair to have been “young, I was naïve, and, I mean, quite frankly, I feel exploited,” further claimed that she did not intend to speak publicly about the situation, but was forced to due to a friend attempting to sell the screenshots to a tabloid.
Choosing a name for your new baby is, apparently, even more complicated than we thought.
Adam Levine is married to Behati Prinsloo — who is currently pregnant
Stroh’s claims made waves because Levine is married to Behati Prinsloo with two children (and, as previously mentioned, with a third on the way). The two have been married since 2014. Prinsloo, who is an ambassador for Save the Rhino Trust Namibia and Victoria’s Secret model, also co-founded Calirosa Tequila with Levine.
Adam Levine admits to ‘crossing a line’ but denies ‘affair’
The singer addressed the rumours in a statement posted via his Instagram Story on Tuesday where Levine admitted to “poor judgment,” according to Page Six.
“A lot is being said about me right now and I wanted to clear the air,” Levine’s statement said. “I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner.”
However, Levine went on to deny an affair, writing: “I did not have an affair, nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period of my life. In certain instances it became inappropriate; I have addressed that and taken proactive steps to remedy this with my family.”
Levine went on to add that “[m]y wife and my family is [sic] all I care about in this world. To be this naive 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.”
Behati Prinsloo is reportedly ‘very upset’
Despite Levine’s statement and vow to work through the scandal, it does appear that his wife is, understandably, not happy about the situation.
On Tuesday, PEOPLE reported that, according to a “Prinsloo source,” the supermodel is committed to her family, but upset.
“He admitted that he went behind her back and has been inappropriate. He admitted that he acted like an idiot. She is still very upset though,” the source told PEOPLE.
Notably, in what looks like a show of solidarity, the pair was photographed together picking up their two young children on Tuesday, according to photos obtained by the Daily Mail.
Celebs have opinions about Adam Levine’s flirty text scandal
It seems like the scandal has hit a nerve with many, as several stars have now weighed in with their thoughts on the situation.
As Page Six reports, In a TikTok video that hinted at the situation with Levine, model and writer Emily Ratajkowski (who herself is currently navigating an infidelity scandal with her ex, Sebastian Bear-McClard) spoke on the issue.
“I don’t understand why we continue to blame women for men’s mistakes, especially when you’re talking about 20-something-year-old women dealing with men in positions of power who are twice their age,” Ratajkowski said on Tuesday afternoon. “The power dynamic is so skewed, it’s ridiculous. It’s predatory. It’s manipulative,” Ratajkowski said, adding, “If you’re the one in a relationship, you are the one who’s obligated to be loyal.”
In a second TikTok, Ratajkowski followed up with another thought on the subject, adding that
“I think a huge problem in our culture right now is that we just say, ‘Oh, men are monsters, they’re terrible, they’re horrible,’” Ratajkowski said. “We don’t hold them accountable and then we blame other women.”
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Former Bachelor star Nick Viall similarly shared his thoughts in a TikTok video on Tuesday, Page Six also reported.
“Alright, some quick thoughts. One, and the most important one, is that the only victim here is Behati, Adam’s wife. Like she doesn’t deserve this,” Viall said.
“Two, is that the only people responsible for protecting a relationship are the people in the relationship. If there was an affair here, it was because Adam chose to have an affair, not because this girl was a willing participant. If it wasn’t going to be her, it would’ve been someone else,” he added.
Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause took issue with Levine’s statement. As E! News reported, Stause wrote on Twitter: “When apologizing for cheating publicly, I hate the -we [sic] will get through it together part from a man,” she wrote. “Don’t speak for her. You’ve done enough.”
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More women have stepped forward with DM claims
Adding to the heat against Levine, more women have now come forward publicly with claims of flirty DMs.
As Page Six reports (though could not verify), Alyson Rosef posted a TikTok video on Monday where she shared alleged DMs with Levine, including one where Levine allegedly says “I shouldn’t be talking to you you know [that] right ?” Rosef adds that she has “a lot more” messages that she could share but that she “didn’t feel comfortable posting everything.”
Similarly, Page Six also reports (but could not verify) that a comedian named Maryka shared alleged messages from Levine on her Instagram Story on Tuesday, including a message that read “I’m now obsessed with you.”