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Adam Levine Was Surprised by Maroon 5 Fan Rushing the Stage to Hug Him — See His Reaction

UPDATE 10/27/21 12:37 p.m. ET

After fans speculated that Adam Levine was not happy with his fans after one concertgoer jumped onto the stage during a recent show, he has since defended his actions.

“Hey guys, so I just wanted to address the Hollywood Bowl incident thing,” the musician shared via Instagram Story on Tuesday, October 26. “I have always been someone that loves, respects, worships our fans. Without our fans, we don’t have a job. I say that all the time to our fans. To think that anyone would believe that I thought our fans were beneath us or less than us makes my stomach turn. It’s just not who I am, it’s not who I’ve ever been.”

He continued in his post, “So, I just need you guys to know, I was really startled and sometimes when you’re startled, you have to shake it off and move on because I’m doing my job up there. It’s what I pride myself on, so I need to let you guys know what my heart is and my heart is that connection that exists between the band performing on stage and the fans. I hope we can all understand that.”

Original story below:

The show must go on! Adam Levine was not happy with a Maroon 5 fan who rushed the stage over the weekend to try and hug him — but he barely missed a beat.

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During his band’s performance at the We Can Survive concert in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 23, Levine, 42, was bum rushed by a concertgoer while performing his band’s hit “Sunday Morning.”

The former Voice coach was startled by the fan who jumped out of the crowd at the Hollywood Bowl to wrap their arms around him mid-song. A TikTok video from the event — which also featured performances from Coldplay, Doja Cat and Shawn Mendes — showed Levine angrily shrug off the attendee before yelling the F-word as the person was escorted off by security.

How Adam Levine Reacted to Maroon 5 Fan Rushing the Stage to Hug Him
Adam Levine Jeff Lewis/AP/Shutterstock

The interaction clearly rubbed the “Moves Like Jagger” crooner the wrong way. As he walked across the stage, he knocked over his mic stand. He then glanced over his shoulder, as if to check if there was anyone else behind him.

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The Begin Again actor did manage to finish the song, but fans were split over his reaction to the incident.

One person on TikTok accused Levine of losing sight of what’s important. “He forgets it’s people like her [that are] why he is what he is,” the user commented.


Adam Levine was a whole mood yesterday💀 #Fyp #ForYou #Maroon5 #AdamLevine #Hollywood #HollywoodBowl

♬ Sunday Morning – Maroon 5

Meanwhile, others came to the “She Will Be Loved” balladeer’s defense on the social media app, with one fan noting, “A random person invaded his personal space during a pandemic … he acted the right way.”

Levine has yet to comment on the surprise appearance during Saturday night’s show.

In June, Maroon 5 released their seventh studio album, Jordi — named in honor of their late manager, Jordan Feldstein, the brother of Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein.

The record was made during the COVID-19 quarantine. “We’ve all been facing a lot more variables and unknowns over the past year, so it was a strange year to make an album,” Levine told Zane Lowe for Apple Music in March. “But once we got into the rhythm of it, it was pretty easy.”

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PJ Morton, Mickey Madden, Jesse Carmichael, Adam Levine, James Carmichael and Matt Flynn. James Veysey/Shutterstock

In that same interview, Levine said that he thinks bands are a “dying breed,” which has made him nostalgic for early-2000s artists including Avril Lavigne, whose music he introduced to his two daughters, Dusty, 5, and Gio, 3, whom he shares with wife Behati Prinsloo.

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“It’s crazy, because you don’t remember it in the same way, because you took it for granted,” the “Sugar” singer said in March. “There’s some really great songs that I didn’t understand how good they were back then.”

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