After admitting last week that he “crossed a line” and “used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than [his] wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner” following accusations of an affair from Instagram model Sumner Stroh (others have since come forward with their own claims of inappropriate texts), singer Adam Levine has been the subject of an multitude of memes and many celebrity critiques.
But die-hard Adam Levine historians may not be too surprised by these claims of his alleged stepping out. It turns out that Levine went on the record with some thoughts on monogamy over a decade ago.
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What did Adam Levine say in 2009 about monogamy?
When asked “why do guys cheat?’ in a 2009 interview with Cosmopolitan, the Maroon 5 frontman shared some thoughts on the concept of monogamy.
“Instinctively, monogamy is not in our genetic makeup,” Levine said. “People cheat. I have cheated.”
However, the singer did indicate that he doesn’t feel great after he’s cheated on someone. “[You] know what? There is nothing worse than the feeling of doing it,” he added.
Later in the same interview, Levine shared an interesting aspect of his personality that could come into play when thinking about someone who is able to be disloyal to their partner in a monogamous relationship — he isn’t hard on himself.
“I let myself off the hook to the point where it’s a bad thing,” Levine said. “People are hard on themselves. I’m not.”
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Can we really look to 2009 for answers for today?
People (and their views) change and evolve over time (who among us is the exact same person that they were in 2009?). It’s also important to keep in mind that Levine made those comments years before he met his wife, Behati Prinsloo, in 2012. If he entered into a monogamous marriage with Prinsloo in 2014, one can infer that his feelings about monogamy as a concept may have shifted.
However, the confidence of his words in 2009 are still worth considering when thinking about the current situation that he’s in.
While we can’t be sure of what exactly happened or what Levine’s mindset towards his alleged actions may be, we can’t help but think of some wise words from the late Maya Angelou: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”