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The incident happened last Saturday (23 October) during a performance for We Can Survive, a suicide prevention organisation. Levine was performing “Sunday Morning” when a fan rushed on stage and grabbed hold of him, leaving him visibly unnerved.
Levine has since taken to Instagram to address the incident, saying in a video: “I just need you guys to know I was really startled.”
He then added: “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 also addressed criticism of his reaction to the fan, who was escorted away by security: “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. 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 then directly addressed fans of the pop band, saying his “heart” is with them and emphasising “the connection that exists” between them.
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He concluded by saying: “I hope that we can all understand that.”