Sumner Stroh is an Instagram model and influencer who accused Adam Levine of cheating on his wife with her in a viral TikTok video. The 23-year-old is a native Texas native and a graduate of the University of Texas.
Stroh posted a video on TiKTok on September 19, 2022, in which he said she is the former coach of “The Voice” and the lover of the Maroon 5 singer, and revealed texts he allegedly sent her to post asking Sumner about naming his unborn child. Levine has been married to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo since 2014 and they have two young children together and a third is on the way.
Levine, 43, has not commented on the fraud allegations. Stroh said she posted the video because a friend she believed she trusted was trying to sell screenshots of her messages with Levine to a tabloid. Stroh didn’t provide many details about the relationship she allegedly had with Levine, other than that they “saw” each other for about a year. She did not give exact dates.
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Sumner Stroh’s TikTok video quickly spread on TikTok and elsewhere on social media. It had more than two million views in just about three hours. Adam Levine’s name started trending on Twitter as people reacted to the video and fans flooded his Instagram with negative comments.
In her video, Stroh said, “You know, I was young at the time, I was naive, and I mean, quite frankly, I feel taken advantage of. I wasn’t in the scene like I am now. So I was definitely very easily manipulated. … My morals were unknowingly compromised.” Stroh said in response to TikTok comments that she was “trying” to reach Prinsloo. She said she felt “sick” about the situation before coming forward. She also responded to a commenter who wrote “No one looks good in this story” with “I’m aware”.
In an Instagram story amid photos from a trip to Costa Rica with her models she is currently on, Stroh wrote: “Conscious people will try to fill in the blanks with many false assumptions. I don’t feel like I’m doing any favors considering how this had to go. … It’s a lot to digest, but hopefully it can at least do some good when the truth comes out.”
Sumner Stroh was born in Houston, Texas, according to her Facebook page. She graduated from New Braunfels High School and in 2020 from the University of Texas at Austin. She studied economics and advertising. Stroh has also lived in Branson, Missouri and is often in Los Angeles, according to her Instagram.
Stroh spoke to BuzzFeed News in December 2020 about her status as an Instagram model and influencer, which led to her being recruited to help market and promote The U Experience, a startup that aimed to enliven college students of the pandemic living together in a bubble. The failed venture has been likened to the Fyre Festival, according to BuzzFeed.
Stroh told BuzzFeed, “They emailed me in early August and asked if I could post their promo video in a story, I was kind of interested. They said they would like me, so I applied and we discussed some terms. I got accepted. I was bored to be completely honest. I sat at home with my family. I needed that social life again. Committing to quarantine for the entire time will be difficult. I’m a model and influencer, so sometimes I fly to LA. [The founders] said if I go to LA I would have to quarantine for two weeks afterwards. You are more lenient with me.”
She added: “I’m not getting any Fyre Fest vibes at all – I’m looking forward to it. I’ve seen Fyre Fest and I’m not sure why they say that. Everything looks according to plan; everything looks great.”
Stroh is represented by talent management firm The Verge Agency, according to the company’s website. Her page on the company’s website features photos of Stroh from her Instagram in lingerie and swimsuits.
Stroh has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram, a number that has doubled in the hours since her video was posted to TikTok. She also has hundreds of thousands of followers on her TikTok page and a smaller presence on YouTube, where she has posted videos from modeling trips along with makeup tutorials and videos of her trying on different clothes.
Stroh garnered some attention in early September when she posted a photo in a rolled-up Texas Longhorns jersey and bikini bottoms before her alma mater’s soccer team played against Alabama. Some sports websites highlighted the photo, such as Outkick and The Spun, calling it “racy”.
Stroh also has an OnlyFans page where her fans can follow her for free and pay for additional photos and videos, including through a $100 VIP program. Stroh wrote on her OnlyFans: “Never say never lol. Now is the only place where you can access my exclusive content!!! Let’s get to know each other 💓”
According to her LinkedIn page, in addition to being a model, Stroh has also pursued a career in marketing. While in Texas, Stroh worked as a digital influencer as part of an internship for Boohoo Group PLC, a fashion brand. She also did an internship as a media manager at the dating app Bumble.
Stroh began working with her sister, Baylen Stroh, as a marketing manager for her jewelry company, Strung by Stroh. Baylen Stroh founded the company in 2016, according to his website. According to the company’s website, they make necklaces, earrings, rings, hats, bracelets, sunglasses, custom jewelry, and more.
Stroh and her sister made a Q&A video in 2020 to promote the company on YouTube and Instagram. In the video, Stroh said she was in a relationship at the time. Stroh also spoke about cosmetic surgery she’s had and said she gets lip fillers.
In her TikTok video, Stroh said she decided to post it because she thought the story would be in the news soon. She said in the video: “I wanted to keep this private, I never wanted to speak out because I obviously understand the implications of doing what I do, making money, how I do it, and a being an Instagram model. So when I get tagged into a story like this, I know the cliché.”
Stroh added: “I had recklessly sent some screenshots to some friends I thought I trusted and one of them had tried to sell them to a tabloid. So here I am.” Straw could not be reached for further comment from Heavy and has not posted any further videos related to the allegations.
Levine and Prinsloo have also not commented on the viral video. Heavy has reached out to their representatives for comment. In her video, Stroh said Levine reached out to her again in June to ask her how she would feel about him naming his third child Sumner if the baby is a boy. Stroh said in the TikTok video that his messages made her feel like she was “in hell.”