In the past two weeks, famous men everywhere – that is, if you consider the lead singer of Maroon 5 and one-fourth of The Try Guys as famous – have been exposed for allegedly cheating on their wives.
Adam Levine and Ned Fulmer were otherwise known for being obsessed with their spouses. Since his wedding to model Behati Prinsloo in 2014, the Maroon 5 frontman has posted an endless amount of birthday tributes and loved-up selfies with his wife and children to social media. Ned Fulmer, the now-former member of the popular YouTube group The Try Guys, has featured his wife Ariel in a number of YouTube videos since they were married in 2012. There is even an entire video dedicated to all the times Fulmer has said “my wife” on their YouTube channel.
The irony isn’t lost on me that it’s on the same internet in which these famous men – who built up an online persona as “Wife Guys” – were exposed for being the exact opposite.
For those who need a refresher, Instagram model Sumner Stroh claimed that she had a year-long affair with Levine in a video posted to TikTok. The 23-year-old model shared screenshots of her flirty messages with Levine, which were sent over Instagram DM, and even claimed that he asked to name his third child after her.
Levine denied the cheating allegations, but acknowledged that he used “poor judgement in speaking with anyone other than my wife in ANY kind of flirtatious manner,” as he wrote in an Instagram statement.
Meanwhile, Ned Fulmer admitted to having a “consensual workplace relationship” with his producer. Fans began to notice something was amiss when the executive producer of The Try Guys – which boasts 7.83m subscribers on YouTube – was missing from recent videos and podcast episodes. Then, a Reddit user posted screenshots from a video allegedly taken of Fulmer kissing his co-worker, Alexandria Herring, at a New York City bar.
Fulmer was ousted from The Try Guys, and posted an apology with a similar sentiment to Levine’s. “Family should have always been my priority, but I lost focus and had a consensual workplace relationship,” he said. “The only thing that matters right now is my marriage and my children, and that’s where I’m going to focus my attention.”
Even in my mundane, non-famous existence I’m still constantly aware of the powers the internet holds in acting as a form of surveillance. Any person can take a screenshot of the embarrassing sexts that were sent to their DMs, and any man kissing someone other than his wife at a bar can be filmed for the entire world to see. If I’m so aware that the internet has the power to expose people online for their philandering ways, why aren’t famous men?
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