Adam Levine affair: A look back at the Maroon 5 singer’s playboy reputation after Sumner Stroh video
After spending years earning a reputation for himself as one of the music industry’s most prolific playboys thanks to a long line of model girlfriends, it seemed as though Adam Levine had finally put his self-confessed ‘promiscuous’ ways behind him when he settled down with ‘The One’, Behati Prinsloo.
On the surface, Prinsloo certainly fit the stereotype as far as Levine’s previous girlfriends were concerned: stunning, blonde, and with an impressive model resume filled with catwalk conquers and high-profile fashion campaigns.
Having embraced his image as an A-list lothario – even admitting in a 2012 interview that he had enjoyed a ‘promiscuous’ phase, blaming his desire to sleep with so many women on the fact that he ‘loved them so much’.
Yet there was clearly something special about the now-34-year-old Victoria’s Secret model, who – unlike the women who had enjoyed romances with the Maroon 5 frontman before her – managed to steer him away from his serial dating, instead diverting him towards a settled life as a family man.
However, after eight years of marriage – and two children, with a third on the way – Levine’s scandal-ridden love life is once again dominating the headlines, after the 43-year-old admitted to ‘crossing the line’ with an Instagram model after she went public with accusations that they’d had a year-long affair.
The scandal erupted on Monday, when Instagram model Sumner Stroh, 23, took to TikTok to reveal details of the alleged illicit relationship with the famous pop rock star as she shared screenshots of their flirty exchanges made on Instagram.
Stroh’s accusation left fans stunned given that Levine had seemingly been so successful in his attempts to shed his playboy reputation – a rebranding that was given further credibility earlier this month when the singer and his Namibian wife announced that they were expecting a third child together, a younger sibling for daughters Dusty Rose, five, and Gio Grace, four.
Adam Levine’s love life is back in the spotlight following allegations that he has cheated on his wife Behati Prinsloo with an Instagram model
Los Angeles based model Sumner Stroh, 23, has claimed she had an affair with the married Maroon 5 frontman, 43, which lasted ‘about a year’ and revealed their messages in a TikTok video
Yet, according to Stroh, who is now based in Los Angeles after studying at the University of Texas, the couple’s newborn prompted Levine to contact her months after their alleged affair ended as she revealed bizarre message on Instagram where the hitmaker asked if he could name his new baby after her.
Levine has insisted that he did not have an affair with the model, but admitted he had ‘crossed the line during a regrettable period of my life’
Levine has since spoken out and claimed that he did not have an affair with the model, but admitted he had ‘crossed the line during a regrettable period of my life’.
In a statement to TMZ, he wrote: ‘I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner.
‘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.’
For many years, Levine was once almost as famous for his string of model girlfriends as he is for his musical talent.
Before he married Prinsloo in a romantic ceremony in Cabo San Lucas in July 2014, Levine had been the ultimate playboy with a dating career that included Victoria’s Secret models Anne Vyalitsana and Nina Agdal, as well as a rumored fling with Jessica Simpson.
So much so that the serial ‘modelizer’ Adam Levine reportedly reached out to some of his ex-girlfriends in order to make amends before his Mexican nuptials.
Here, FEMAIL lays bare how the singer bad boy model dating ways may have come back with a vengeance by looking back at his many superstar exes.
Songs About Jane: Moving tracks about high school sweetheart Jane Herman wins over a legion of fans
Levine’s songs about high school sweetheart, Jane Herman (who he dated from 1997 to 2001), helped him find fame after his band’s debut album, Songs About Jane, dropped in 2002
Herman went on to write for Vogue and set up her own fashion label called The Only Jane – pictured right in 2014 with Molly Creeden
Maroon 5 found fame thanks to songs Levine wrote about his high school sweetheart, Jane Herman, in the band’s debut album, Songs About Jane.
The pair dated from 1997 to 2001 with the romance leading Levine to create tracks such as She Will Be Loved and Harder to Breathe.
The hit track, This Love, was written about the day of the pair’s breakup in 2001 and was one of the many songs that fans across the world grew to love when the album dropped in 2002.
In a 2004 interview with Rolling Stone, Levine claimed to be reluctant to speak about Herman but told the magazine: ‘I saw this girl at a gas station, and I fell in love with her. I wrote a song about her and played it in the store where she worked.
‘It was an awful song. But she found out about this relatively psychotic boy. She was my muse for years… And then it kind of faded away.’
Herman, who went on to write for Vogue and set up her own fashion label called The Only Jane, is now married to film director Marc Webb, 47, and has two children of her own: Georgia, four, and Walter, one.
A-list lovers: Flings with the likes of Jessica Simpson and Cameron Diaz build his bad boy reputation
Levine soon found himself moving on to more famous lovers after he was linked to actress Cameron Diaz in 2009 (left) and singer Jessica Simpson in 2006 (right)
Levine and Simpson reportedly spent the night together at L.A. hotspot Chateau Marmont, before he allegedly ended things via text message
Songs About Jane’s instant success meant Levine soon found himself moving on from the breakup in style after he was linked to tennis star Maria Sharapova in 2005 and singer Jessica Simpson in 2006.
According to reports at the time, Levine and Simpson spent the night together at L.A. hotspot Chateau Marmont. It was even claimed that Simpson was seen wearing Levine’s T-shirt when her best friend CaCee Cobb picked her up the next morning.
However, the romance was short-lived and Levine’s bad boy reputation began after he reportedly broke things off with Simpson via text message.
Levine then dated Rebecca Ginos, a cocktail waitress from L.A. nightclub Teddy’s and later revealed that the pair hit it off on her 21st birthday.
The connection was instant as he boasted to Howard Stern in 2007: ‘We had sex the first night we met.’
Levine briefly dated Rebecca Ginos, a cocktail waitress from L.A. nightclub Teddy’s – pictured together in 2008
Levine was believed to be dating actress Cameron Diaz in 2009 after the duo were spotted on a lunch date in Los Angeles in 2009
The pair have remained on friendly terms and even teamed up for a Saturday Night Live sketch in 2013
Levine also revealed he had wooed Ginos by telling her: ‘I think you’re the hottest girl in the entire f***ing universe.’
Speaking about the relationship to Rolling Stone, he said: ‘We were casual at first and it turned into something amazing. She just wants to enjoy my company and love me. And I love her. It’s really simple and beautiful.
‘When you’re younger, relationships thrive on drama. And if there’s no drama, you’re bored and it ends. I’m not into that anymore. I know more about myself, which prepares you to figure girls out.’
Levine was then alleged to be dating actress Cameron Diaz in 2009 after the duo were spotted on a lunch date in Los Angeles.
The star was spotted with the Charlie’s Angels actress. once again, at Chateau Marmont – with the duo even wearing coordinated outfits in white tops and blue jeans.
A ‘modelizer’ is born: Levine begins to work this way through a number of top models
In 2009, Levine began dating model Angela Bellotte (pictured) in his first serious public relationship, however the pair split in 2010
Soon after being seen with Diaz, the star was spotted with German model Janine Habeck before stepping out with actress Arielle Vandenberg.
In 2009, Levine began dating model Angela Bellotte in what became his first serious relationship while in the public eye.
The couple kept their romance somewhat private and it was only confirmed that the two were dating after ‘the couple were spotted catching a flight to NYC from LAX in September of that year, shortly after being photographed holding hands in the Big Apple’, according to E!
However, the relationship wasn’t meant to be with the pair calling it quits less than a year later.
The hitmaker later went on to clear up claims about his other dalliance’s during an interview with Howard Stern in which he denied actress socialite Paris Hilton and actresses Natalie Portman and Kirsten Dunst.
He also shut down rumors of his relationship with tennis star Maria Sharapova, insisted he ‘did not have sexual intercourse’ with Lindsay Lohan and denied breaking up with Simpson via text.
In a 2012 interview with Details magazine, Levine explained why he went through a ‘promiscuous’ phase during his career.
He stated: ‘There’s two kinds of men. There are men who are [bleeping] misogynist pigs, and then there are men who just really love women, who think they’re the most amazing people in the world.
‘And that’s me. Maybe the reason I was promiscuous, and wanted to sleep with a lot of them, is that I love them so much.’
Finding love: Changing his ways with Sports Illustrated model Anne Vyalitsyna
Levine entered a high-profile relationship with Russian-American model Anne Vyalitsyna in 2010
The singer soon settled down with glamorous Russian-American model Anne Vyalitsyna, now 36, who he met at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue release party in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2010.
Levine and Vyalitsyna quickly got serious, with the rocker appearing alongside her on the Victoria’s Secret runway in 2011, followed by her appearance in the music video Maroon 5’s 2011 hit Never Gonna Leave This Bed.
But the pair split in April 2012, with the model reportedly leaving him ‘blindsided’ when she dumped him.
Shortly afterwards, she released a statement that read: ‘Adam and I have decided to separate in an amicable and supportive manner.
‘We still love and respect each other as friends. I wish him all the best.’
The pair split in April 2012, with the model reportedly leaving him ‘blindsided’ when she dumped him – pictured together at the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Following his split from Vyalitsyna, Levine told Details magazine that he was keen to shed his reputation as a playboy.
He explained that he joined singing competition series The Voice as a way to show the public another side of himself.
‘I’ve always felt a little misrepresented in the world. I felt like people only knew me as a singer who dated pretty girls. A little bit of a bimbo. Maybe I was kind of a bimbo,’ he stated. ‘I wanted to create a little balance. When [‘The Voice’] came around, I thought, “People now know that I have a brain.”‘
Vyalitsyna later insisted she had no hard feelings about her ex while recently appearing on E! series Fashion Police.
‘Who cares? I’m such a believer in love,’ the Russian catwalker said.
‘I will love [Adam] forever. He is such a wonderful guy. But we didn’t work out. We still care about each other. He fell in love with someone else. I’m so happy for him.’
Model marriage: Finding ‘the one’ in Behati Prinsloo and settling down – before affair claims go viral
Levine began dating Victoria’s Secret model Prinsloo in June 2012 – pictured at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show After Party
The lovebirds were introduced through a mutual friend, who initially connected them for Levine to cast Prinsloo in one of his upcoming music videos – pictured in 2016
Less than two months after his split from , Levine began dating Prinsloo with the couple photographed wrapped around one another during a trip to Kauai, Hawaii in June 2012.
The lovebirds were introduced through a mutual friend, who initially connected them for Levine to cast Prinsloo in one of his upcoming music videos.
He and Prinsloo went on to split up twice: first in January 2013 when he was then linked to Gossip Girl actress Amanda Setton, now 36.
The couple reconciled but split again in May 2013. During this time, Levine briefly dated another Victoria’s Secret model – Danish beauty Nina Agdal, 30.
Levine and Agdal were photographed vacationing in Cabo San Lucas together in June that year but according to a US Weekly report at the time, the romance fell apart when he stopped answering her calls shortly afterwards.
A friend told the magazine that Levine went on to dump Agdal via text message and told her he had rekindled his romance with Prinsloo.
The 43-year-old and his now wife announced their engagement in June 2013 and married just over a year later in July 2014 with actor Jonah Hill officiating the wedding.
Before the wedding, it was reported that Levine reached out to some of his model exes to apologize for his behavior while they dated.
Levine and Prinsloo went on to split up twice before their engagement, and Levine was linked to both Gossip Girl actress Amanda Setton and Victoria’s Secret model Nina Agdal in early 2013 during his moments of singledom
Levine and his now-wife – pictured launching their Tequila brand in 2021 – announced their engagement in June 2013 and married just over a year. The couple share two daughters – Dusty Rose, five, and Gio Grace, four
‘He apologized for how he treated them,’ an insider told Us Weekly.
In July of 2016, it was confirmed that the pair would be welcoming their first child, who arrived that September.
The happy parents went on to expand their family for the second time with their three-year-old Gio Grace, who was born in 2018.
Adam, who judged The Voice between 2011 to 2019, once remarked on the show that the secret to a happy marriage was admitting his wife is ‘always right.’
‘Even when you don’t always think that’s the case, make her feel like it is. Trust me,’ the heartthrob joked.
However, just five days after his wife confirmed they were expecting their third child with an Instagram post this month, Stroh shared details about their alleged affair.
‘Essentially, I was having an affair with a man who is married to a Victoria’s Secret supermodel,’ she said, referring to Behati, 34.
‘At the time, I was young and naïve. And I mean, quite frankly, I feel exploited. I wasn’t in the scene like I am now, so I was definitely easily manipulated.’
Stroh, who did not disclose specifics about their encounters, pointed to one Instagram DM between the pair, in which Levine writes: ‘It is unreal how f***ing hot you are. Like it blows my mind.’
‘You are 50 times hotter in person,’ he adds.
Affair rumors appeared just five days after Prinsloo confirmed she is pregnant with the couple’s third child with an Instagram post of her baby bump
According to Stroh, who has over 338,000 followers on Instagram, she and Levine were ‘seeing each other for about a year’, until the two lost contact ‘over a period of months.’
However, the 43-year-old musician would later get back in touch this year to share the news that he was expecting another child with his wife of eight years, she claimed.
‘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,’ Levine said, according to a screenshot of the conversation.
Stroh said she felt like she was ‘in hell,’ upon reading the odd message.
‘I mean my morals were unknowingly compromised. I was completely manipulated,’ she said in the TikTok video that has now gone viral.
She explained that she never planned on addressing the situation in such a public manner and was aware of the consequences of being ‘tied to a story like this.’
Stroh issued a public apology over her affair with Levine, claiming she was led to believe the singer’s marriage to Prinsloo was over
Stroh said it was only after her friend whom she had confided in about the affair, and to whom she had sent the screenshots, threatened to take her story public – that was she left determined to tell her story herself.
On Tuesday, Levine released a statement to TMZ and said: ‘ I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner. 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.’
He continued: ‘My wife and my family is all I care about in this world. To be this naïve 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.’