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A Fan Grabbing Adam Levine On Stage Brought Up Discussions About Consent — With The Singer Defending His Reaction, Saying He Was Just "Really Startled"

"I have always been someone that loves, respects, worships our fans," he said on his Instagram story.

Adam Levine is defending himself and his dedication to fans after a video of him reacting to a fan grabbing him on stage went viral over the weekend.

Adam performing at the Hollywood bowl, he wears a lime green sweater with a unicorn painted on it and the words "LA is toxic" in all caps
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On Saturday, the Maroon 5 frontman and his band performed at the Hollywood Bowl for Audacy's 8th Annual We Can Survive concert. During the set, a fan jumped up on stage and grabbed Adam before being escorted away by security.

Screenshot of the video below with a fan grabbing Adam as he performs
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In a fan video captured by TikTok user Luis Peñaloza, Adam can be seen visibly taken aback by the incident, physically shaking it off. Afterward, he seems to yell the word "fuck" and knocks over his mic stand.

You can watch the full video of the encounter — which occurred as the band was performing its 2002 hit "Sunday Morning" — here.

As the clip took the internet by storm, viewers sounded off in the comments, with some saying that the singer should be more "humble" in his relationship to fans and critiquing his "overreaction." Meanwhile, others pointed out that he was touched "without consent" and that his reaction was appropriate to the situation.

Screenshot of TikTok comments, with the first reading, "Nope How about we stop defending people touching other people without consent ✌️"
Luis Peñaloza / TikTok / Via tiktok.com

On Tuesday, the former The Voice judge addressed the situation on his Instagram story, saying that he has "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."

Screenshot of Adam as he addresses fans on his story, he wears a tan hoodie
Adam Levine / Instagram

"To think that anyone would believe that I thought that our fans were beneath us or less than us makes my stomach turn," he continued. "That's just not who I am. That's not who I've ever been."

Adam at the Oscars, he gazes at the camera and wears a tux with a bowtie
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Directly addressing his reaction, he added, "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."

Adam onstage, holding an electric guitar and looking out into the crowd, a spotlight shines behind him
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"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 that we can all understand that," Levine shared, blowing a kiss at the end of the video.

Adam on the red carpet, he wears a cardigan and has headphones dangling on his shoulders
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