Maroon 5 are scheduled to play their first gig next month since the unveiling this week of a sexting scandal involving singer Adam Levine. At press time, the band was listed as acts for “The Event,” basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s annual fundraising gala for the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation.
On Oct. 1 show at MGM Grand in Las Vegas is scheduled to feature sets from Maroon 5, as well as Maren Morris, HER, Pitbull and comedian John Mulaney. It will be Levine’s first live appearance since Instagram model Summer Stroh claimed she carried on a year-long affair with the married father of two young girls, who is expecting a third child with wife Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo.
“A lot is being said about me right now and I want to clear the air,” the singer wrote in a now-disappeared Instagram Story on Tuesday. “I used poor judgment to talk to anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious way.”
Levine, 43, did not go into detail, but said: “I did not have an affair, nevertheless I crossed the line at a regrettable time in my life. In certain cases it became inappropriate; I have addressed it and taken proactive steps to remedy this with my family.” Stroh, 23, appeared to respond to Levine’s denial on Wednesday, posting a provocative message on her Instagram story that read: “Someone get this man a dictionary.”
A spokesperson for Levine and Prinsloo has not yet returned requests for comment.
On Monday, Stroh claimed she became involved with a man “who is married to a Victoria’s Secret model” at an unspecified time when she was younger. “At the time, I was young, I was naive, and frankly, I felt taken advantage of. I wasn’t in the scene like I am now, so I was definitely easily manipulated,” she said, before explicitly naming Levine in a TikTok which had what appeared to be flirtatious texts between them as a backdrop. She claimed that they were seeing each other for a year and that in June Levine asked if it would be OK to name her baby “Sumner” if it’s a boy, adding that Levine gave her the impression that his marriage with Prinsloo “was over.”
Prinsloo has not made a public statement about the allegations to date.
Maroon 5 is scheduled to start a tour in Asia on Nov. 28 with a show at the Singapore National Stadium, followed by concerts in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand, with the group also booked to play a New Year’s Eve gig at the Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs, California.