Emily Ratajkowski is asking those criticizing model Sumner Stroh — who claimed she had an affair with married Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine — to turn their ire elsewhere.
The model and actress shared an impassioned message about the scandal to TikTok on Tuesday, hours after Levine publicly denied cheating on Behati Prinsloo, his pregnant wife of eight years.
“I don’t understand why we continue to blame women for men’s mistakes, especially when you’re talking about 20-something year old women dealing with men in positions of power who are twice their age,” said Ratajkowski in her post.
“The power dynamic is so skewed, it’s ridiculous,” she added. “Like, it’s predatory, it’s manipulative, I can’t imagine.”
Ratajkowski, who appeared with Levine in Maroon 5’s 2013 music video for “Love Somebody,” filed for divorce earlier this month from her estranged film producer husband Sebastian Bear-McClard after four years of marriage amid reports that he allegedly was unfaithful.
While Ratajkowski liked a fan tweet about the alleged cheating, Bear-McClard has not commented on the rumors of infidelity.
“If you’re the one in the relationship, you’re the one who’s obligated to be loyal,” Ratajkowski continued on TikTok. “So, the whole ‘other woman, they’re to blame’ [critique]? That’s bad and it’s literally designed to keep women apart.”
“I think a huge problem in our culture right now is we just say, ‘Oh men are monsters, they’re terrible, they’re horrible,’ ” Ratajkowski added in a follow-up video. “We don’t hold [men] accountable and then we blame other women and we ask women to adjust their behavior, instead of just saying men need to change their behavior. It’s sexism. It’s classic misogyny. Period.”