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Adam Levine found himself in the middle of an infidelity scandal, shortly after announcing he was expecting his third child with wife Behati Prinsloo.
Several women have come forward since Monday accusing Levine of texting flirtatiously. Instagram model Sumner Stroh was the first to speak out, claiming she had a year-long affair with the musician.
Prinsloo has not publicly commented on the women’s allegations or indicated that she was seeking a divorce from Levine. In fact, they were spotted happily together in Montecito, Calif., on Wednesday.
ADAM LEVINE DID NOT HAVE A PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH SUMNER STROH OR OTHER ACCUSERS: SOURCE
Fox News Digital spoke to legal experts to understand exactly what counts as “cheating” in court. Legal expert Katherine Miller explained that cheating is primarily defined by sex in the legal world.
“Adultery usually requires intercourse. And even that is not a game-changer in most divorce cases, unless money has been spent on the extramarital affair, in which case the other spouse can be entitled to compensation,” Katherine Miller, founder of York-based New Miller Law Group, said.
“There may be a separate tort action for alienation of affections against the third party in some states if the level of flirtation in the communications reaches the level of interference with the spousal relationship.”
New York divorce attorney Sandra Radna further explained to Fox News Digital that adultery is not grounds for divorce in California, and screenshots of text messages or DMs would not be allowed. “useful” if Levine’s wife decided to file for divorce.
“[Messages] can be considered emotional deception, which is not grounds for divorce, but can lead to a lack of trust which, in turn, can lead to the breakdown of a marriage (by irreconcilable differences)”, Radna said.
The Maroon 5 frontman maintained he didn’t have an affair, but admitted he had “crossed the line”.
“He maintains that none of those interactions got physical,” a source close to Levine confirmed to Fox News Digital.
“However you define it, when a spouse cheats, it’s heartbreaking and often humiliating, and it can lead to the end of the marriage,” Miller told Fox News Digital.
There have been many infidelity scandals in Hollywood. Here’s a look at some of the craziest of them:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver
While married to Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger had an affair with the couple’s governess, Mildred Baena. The affair only came to light 14 years later when the movie star confessed during a therapy session after stepping down as Governor of California.
At the time, he revealed that he was the father of Baena’s son, Joseph. Schwarzenegger’s son with Baena was born days after his youngest son with Shriver, Christopher, in 1997.
Tom Brady, Bridget Moynahan
While it’s unclear if Tom Brady technically cheated on Bridget Moynahan with his current wife Gisele Bundchen, he broke up with the actress while she was pregnant with her first child.
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Moynahan and Brady broke up in December 2006, and the soccer star quickly struck up a relationship with model Bundchen that same month. However, the ‘Sex and the City’ star publicly announced that she was pregnant with Brady’s first child in February 2007.
Moynahan welcomed a baby boy in August 2007.
Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian
Tristan Thompson initially made headlines after a video of the basketball star holding hands with another woman emerged just days before Khloe Kardashian gave birth to their first child True in 2018.
Thompson made headlines again after cheating on Kardashian after the two rekindled their relationship. The Good American founder didn’t discover the cheating until the Thompson wife cheated with filed legal documents claiming he was the father of her unborn child.
Maralee Nichols gave birth to her son with Thompson months after the basketball star and Kardashian began the surrogacy process. Kardashian and Thompson welcomed their second child through surrogacy in early August.
The reality star is set to open up about the paternity scandal and his surrogacy process on the upcoming season of ‘The Kardashians.’
“There’s something I’m ready to talk about,” Khloe said in a preview of the Season 2 premiere. “Tristan and I are having another baby.
“And it’s supposed to be a really exciting time, it’s just a different experience.”
Future and Ciara had a whirlwind romance before it ended abruptly due to cheating allegations. The rapper and musician first announced their relationship in 2013 and got engaged shortly after.
In January 2014, Ciara revealed she was pregnant with the couple’s first child.
However, shortly after giving birth, the two decided to call it quits and rumors surfaced that Future had cheated on her during her pregnancy.
The rapper responded to the allegations at the time, saying, “I don’t respond to rumours, I respond to money.”
Hank Baskett, Kendra Wilkinson
Years before Kendra Wilsonon filed for divorce from Hank Baskett, the former couple endured a dramatic cheating scandal.
While Wilkinson was eight months pregnant, Baskett reportedly had an affair with a transgender model in 2014.
“I screwed up,” Baskett told People magazine in an interview. “I put myself in a bad situation. And everything that went through me hurt this family.”
Eddie Murphy, Mel B
Eddie Murphy called it quits with Spice Girls star Mel B when she was five months pregnant.
The former couple met in 2006 and started dating before Mel B got pregnant. However, after his split from Murphy, the comedian claimed he was not the father. A paternity test later confirmed he was.
Mel B recently asked Murphy for more child support in 2020, according to legal documents obtained by Us Weekly.
Francois-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek
In 2006, Francois-Henri Pinault impregnated his then-girlfriend, Salma Hayek, and also fathered a child with Linda Evangelista. Pinault and Evangelista became pregnant in early 2006, while the owner of the French luxury brand was briefly separated from Hayek.
By the end of 2006, Hayek was also pregnant and gave birth to the couple’s daughter.
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Evangelista chose to keep the father of her child a secret until she appeared in court in 2011 over the custody agreement.
Pinault and Hayek married on Valentine’s Day in 2009.