The singer has addressed accusations made by Sumner Stroh, who publicly aired the former ‘Voice’ trainer’s alleged dirty laundry in a viral TikTok video which has now racked up over 15 million views.
“I’m being talked about a lot at the moment and I want to clear things up. I showed poor judgment by speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY flirtatious way,” he said. said in a statement shared to her Instagram account on Tuesday, “I did not have an affair, yet I crossed the line during an unfortunate time in my life.”
“In some cases, it became inappropriate. I addressed this issue and took proactive steps to address it with my family.
Since 2014, Levine has been married to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, with whom he shares two young daughters, Dusty Rose and Gio Grace. The couple are currently expecting their third child, which Stroh said the singer plans to name after him.
“My wife and my family are all that matters to me in this world. Being naive and stupid enough to risk the only thing that really matters to me was the biggest mistake I could have made,” Levine continued. “I never will again. I take full responsibility. We’ll get through this and we’ll get through this together. »
In her video, Stroh said she felt “completely manipulated” and “exploited” by their alleged relationship at the time, given Levine’s level of fame and power within the industry.
“I was having an affair with a man who was married to a Victoria’s Secret model. At the time, I was young, I was naive,” she says.
To legitimize his claims, Stroh showed alleged screenshots of flirty messages Levine sent on Instagram, with one reading: “Ok serious question. I’m having another baby and if it’s [a] boy, I really want to call him Sumner. Are you okay with that? DEATH seriously.
“Embarrassed to have been involved with a man with this complete lack of remorse and respect,” she captioned her video.
Stroh insisted she “never wanted to come forward” about the alleged affair, but chose to post on TikTok after a friend threatened to go public with the story.
In a next video shared later on Monday, the influencer claimed she welcomed Levine’s alleged advances because she felt her marriage to Prinsloo was over.
“I thought they were keeping quiet to avoid negative press,” she said, before apologizing directly to the Victoria’s Secret model. “I fully realize that I am not a victim in this. I am not the one who is really hurt here. It is Behati and her children and for that I am so sorry.