Adam Levine feels guilty over the death of Christina Grimmie and may not even return to The Voice next season. Levine, 37, coached Grimmie, 22, on Season 6 of The Voice and has felt a tremendous amount of guilt since Grimmie’s murder last Friday. Radar Online reported on Thursday that Adam Levine feels like The Voice could have done more to protect Grimmie.
Christina Grimmie has made several appearances on The Voice since she placed third on Season 6 in 2014 with Adam Levine as her coach. Starting at the age of 15, Grimmie had been posting videos to her YouTube channel where she became the 4th most subscribed-to musician on YouTube. After Selena Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey, discovered Grimmie on YouTube and became her manager, Grimmie moved to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career in 2012, which included competing on NBC’s popular reality TV singing competition, The Voice.
Grimmie actually chose Adam Levine as her coach on The Voice in 2014, even though all four coaches turned their chairs for her after she won them over during her blind audition with Miley Cyrus’ hit song “Wrecking Ball.” Levine led Grimmie to win third place overall during that season of The Voice and even expressed his desire to sign her under his record label, 222 Records. 2Paragraphs says that Adam Levine was moved by Grimmie’s talent and the joy she brought to the world with her voice.
As Christina Grimmie’s coach, Adam Levine recognized that she was an unusual talent and even promised The Voice audience that she would win Season 6. Since Grimmie’s initial appearance on The Voice, she’s gone on to release several songs and even toured with previous contestants. Grimmie had actually just performed live at a venue in Orlando, Florida, the night she was shot in the head and killed by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl from St. Petersburg, Florida, for no apparent reason.
Now, Radar Online reports that Adam Levine is having a hard time coming to terms with the death of the fallen star. As Grimmie’s coach and mentor on The Voice, Levine called her a natural and a gifted talent that comes along so rarely. Levine was shocked and saddened to hear of Grimmie’s tragic death and even offered to pay for Grimmie’s funeral expenses, according to The Inquisitr. Grimmie’s brother, Marcus, said that Levine personally called the family to say the he wanted to help “defray the costs of her burial.”
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Adam Levine issued a statement shortly after Christina Grimmie’s murder, saying that he was “devastated and heartbroken.”
“She was taken from us too soon. This is yet another senseless act of extreme violence. I am left stunned and confused how these things can conceivably continue to happen in our world.”
An inside source close to Adam Levine is saying that Levine is upset that Grimmie didn’t have more protection at the meet-and-greet session following her performance with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando on June 10. The source went on to say that Levine thinks The Voice should do more to protect their stars. The Washington Post reports that security guards were unarmed where Christina Grimmie was signing autographs and only checked bags and purses for contraband. There were reportedly no metal detectors and no pat-downs of people.
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According to the inside source, Adam Levine is now demanding that The Voice do a complete security overhaul.
“Adam is just so devastated over all of this that, right now, he feels like he might not even want to return to the show next season.”
The Daily Mail shared a photo of Adam Levine on Wednesday in his first outing since Christina Grimmie’s death five days ago. The Maroon 5 lead vocalist was looking somber in the photo as he played golf with friends in Los Angeles.
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