During a weekend performance at Audacy's 8th Annual We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, October 23, a fan rushed to the stage to grab Adam Levine. The Maroon 5 frontman shook the fan off and continued singing their hit song, "Sunday Morning," but the moment was caught on camera. Over the next few days, the video that sees Levine shaking off the female fan went viral, with the singer catching flack for his reaction.
On Tuesday, October 26, Levine took to Instagram to address the criticism he has received since the video went viral. He stated in a post to his Instagram story that "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."
While criticisms over Levine's reaction have seen many asking that he be more humble to his fans, The former coach on The Voice stated, "To think that anyone would believe that I thought our fans were beneath us or less than us makes my stomach turn. That's just not who I am. That's not who I've ever been."
Levine then went on to explain what spurred his initial reaction of shaking off the fan and moving to the other side of the stage. "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 cause I'm doing my job up there. It's what I pride myself on."
Levine stepped back from his role on The Voice after the show's 16th season, opting to stay at home and focus on being a father. However, while he no longer serves on the show as a full-time coach, he still returned to the show for one night back in May to perform with Maroon 5.
The Marron 5 lead singer also spurred up controversy last March when he made the claim that "there aren't bands anymore," however, Levine was quick to clear up the statement and explain that he felt as though it was just less often that full bands were able to take the spotlight, and instead people focused on single acts.