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'Monogamy isn't in our genes': Adam Levine confessed to cheating years before affair allegations surfaced

'People cheat. I have cheated. And you know what? There is nothing worse than the feeling of doing it,' Adam Levine had said in an interview in 2009
Adam Levine had confessed that he had cheated years before the whole Sumner Stroh controversy (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Adam Levine had confessed that he had cheated years before the whole Sumner Stroh controversy (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Adam Levine previously admitted to being unfaithful years before model Sumner Stroh spoke out about their alleged affair.

The 43-year-old singer-songwriter admitted he had cheated in the past years before the Instagram model alleged she had had an affair with him while he was married to supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The Maroon 5 crooner shared his take on monogamy in a 2009 interview with Cosmopolitan. “Instinctively, monogamy is not in our genetic makeup,” he said at the time. “People cheat. I have cheated. And you know what? There is nothing worse than the feeling of doing it.” 


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While the California native did not mention a specific partner, he had dated high school sweetheart Jane Herman and cocktail waitress Rebecca Ginos in the years leading up to the interview. Levine went on to spark romance rumors with Prinsloo in 2012, and the couple tied the knot in Mexico two years later. In the aforementioned interview, Levine described himself as "emotionally confused" and said his "ability to detach" himself from things is both his best and "worst feature." He added, "I let myself off the hook to the point where it's a bad thing. People are hard on themselves. I'm not."

(L-R) Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine attend the Baby2Baby 10-Year Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on November 13, 2021 in West Hollywood, California.
Adam Levine had admitted to cheating even before he met his wife Behati Prinsloo (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)

The 'Girls Like You' hitmaker's comments resurfaced shortly after 23-year-old Stroh posted a now-viral TikTok claiming she was involved with him for several years. “I was having an affair with a man who is married to a Victoria’s Secret model,” she alleged in a video shared on September 19, referring to 34-year-old Prinsloo. “At the time, I was young, I was naive. I was very easily manipulated.” Stroh apologized to Prinsloo directly in a subsequent post. “I fully realize I’m not the victim in this. I’m not the one who’s really getting hurt here. It’s Behati and her children, and for that, I’m so, so sorry,” the social media influencer said.


While Prinsloo hasn't commented on the controversy, Levine vehemently denied cheating on his wife, who is now pregnant with their third child. “I used poor judgment in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner,” the singer wrote on his Instagram Stories on Tuesday, September 20. “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 added, “My wife and my family are 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.”


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However, the married couple appeared to put on a united front amid the backlash as they were spotted picking up their daughters Dusty Rose, 5, and Gio Grace, 4 — from school on Tuesday in California. Photos obtained by the Daily Mail showed the duo smiling, despite the drama surrounding them.

Co-founders, Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo, host CALIROSA Tequila’s launch party at Ysabel in Los Angeles on November 18, 2021 in West Hollywood, California. CALIROSA is poised to redefine the spirits category with its unparalleled craftsmanship, uniquely smooth taste, and the blending of two time-honored beverage making processes - Jalisco's tequila craftsmanship and California winemaking - resulting in an award-winning line of red-wine barrel aged tequilas.
Despite the controversy, Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo were snapped smiling and picking up their children from school (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Calirosa)

Following in Stroh's footsteps, several other women have stepped forward with their own allegations. One TikTok user shared screengrabs of alleged DMs from Levine, who seemingly told her in one exchange, “I shouldn’t be talking to you you know [that] right 😤?” While the videos have since been taken down, the user claimed in one post that she had "a lot more" DMs that she chose not to share publicly. Another woman named Maryka shared screenshots of her alleged conversations with Levine on Tuesday. In one exchange, she asked if the musician was married, to which he allegedly responded, "Yeah, but it's complicated," according to US Weekly.