Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine says he did not have an affair with Instagram model Sumner Stroh but admits that he “crossed the line” by having “flirtatious” exchanges with someone who was not his wife, Behati Prinsloo.
Stroh made her allegations Monday in a TikTok video in which she said she had been “having an affair with a man who’s married to a Victoria’s Secret model.
After saying that Maroon 5 was “practically elevator music at this point,” she admitted that the man was Levine. “Adam and I were seeing each other for about a year,” she said before presenting direct messages Levine apparently sent her.
Stroh said she was young and naive at the time of the affair and that Levine “completely manipulated” her.
On Tuesday, Levine 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.”
He admitted that “in certain instances it became inappropriate,” but said he was “stupid” and now is focused on keeping his family together.
Stroh said Monday she believed his marriage was over and that he and Prinsloo were keeping things quiet to avoid bad media coverage.
Stroh added: “I realize I am 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 am so, so sorry.”
Oscar winner Viola Davis has responded to critics of her latest film, "The Woman King," after they called for a boycott of the movie because it isn't entirely historically accurate.
The film follows the story of the all-female military unit, known as the Agojie, that guarded the West African kingdom of Dahomey from the 17th to 19th centuries.
"Most of the story is fictionalized,“ Davis said. ”It has to be."
Julius Tennon, one of the movie's producers and Davis' husband, also talked about the criticism.
"It's history but we have to take license. We have to entertain people. If we just told a history lesson, which we very well could have, that would be a documentary," Tennon said.
The main point of contention by online critics is that the movie does not fully acknowledge that the Dahomey tribe sold other Africans into slavery.
Twitter user @EqualityEd wrote, It's movie about a African tribe famous for selling slaves to Europeans that was made into a female empowerment story by two White women writers. You don't have to be very 'woke' to see the problem here. #BoycottWomanKing."
Dana Stevens and Maria Bello, both white women, are credited as the storywriters of the movie.
Others online defended the movie.
@lmona823 urged against a boycott, tweeting, “The movie delves into the horrors of the slave trade and how it affected black women, especially. It doesn't glorify slavery, it condemns it."
On Monday, Paris Hilton posted on Instagram that her Chihuahua, dog Diamond Baby, went missing last Wednesday. She said the dog may have escaped while movers were removing furniture from her Beverly Hills home.
"My family and friends have been helping me search high and low throughout my entire neighborhood and have gone door to door but we still haven't found her," she posted. "We have hired a pet detective, a dog whisperer, a pet psychic and (are) looking into dog finding drones now. I'm doing everything in my power to get her back."
Diamond Baby is a small black-and-brown Chihuahua who "is a little shy and will go belly up if you try to carry her." The dog was last spotted around Mulholland Drive and Clerendon Road in Beverly Hills.
"I feel like part of me is missing and nothing is the same without her here," Hilton continued. "Diamond Baby is my everything, truly like a daughter to me."
"There will be a big reward for her return and NO questions asked," she said.
From combined wire services