The singer was performing on stage with his band at the Hollywood Bowl in LA on Saturday when a fan rushed onto the stage and wrapped her arms around him.
Levine could then be seen looking angry as he mouthed the word “f–k” before shuddering and continuing his performance.
The internet has since had mixed feelings about Levine’s reaction. While some said the woman should never have stormed the stage, others said the singer seemed ungrateful toward the fan. So Levine has since posted an Instagram Story to address talk he thinks fans are “beneath” him.
“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,” the 42-year-old said in the video.
“To think that anyone would believe that I thought that 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 explained that his reaction, which was filmed on camera, was simply out of shock.
“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,” he said.
“I need to let you guys know what my heart is, and my heart is that connection that exists between the band performing onstage and the fans. I hope that we can all understand that.”
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