"She Will Be Loved" is the third single on the American band Maroon 5's 2002 debut album, Songs About Jane. Released in 2004, the single peaked at #5 in the United States, and by December 2012 had sold more than 2,722,000 digital downloads. It peaked at #4 in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it reached #1, a position it held for 5 non-consecutive weeks. The single is noted for its music video starring Kelly Preston in a mother-daughter love triangle with lead singer Adam Levine. The video is also in Sepia.
The song proved as successful as the band's previous hits, "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe", hitting number 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts, but it prompted many alternative radio outlets to remove Maroon 5 from their playlists, on the ground that the band's newer songs were too light for alt-rock audiences. These stations continued to play "Harder to Breathe" and "This Love", but Maroon 5's newer hits were played only on pop and adult contemporary stations. As of June 2014, the song has sold 3,197,000 copies in the US.
The music video for "She Will Be Loved" tells a sad love story, featuring a lovelorn socialite (Kelly Preston) and her rich, deadbeat, abusive husband, whose relationship is juxtaposed with that of their daughter's (Corinne Carrey) relationship with a young man (played by lead singer Adam Levine). The younger man, however, constantly obsesses over his girlfriend's mother, understanding that, although she is constantly rejected by her husband and that her life is one of emotional anxiety, she is nonetheless beautiful and attractive, and possibly more so than his own girlfriend.
The video starts with Levine standing in front of a swimming pool. As he's about to dive in, flashbacks appear: a younger woman swimming in a pool, Levine and the younger woman sharing a kiss, Levine comforting another woman who appears to be in distress, the older woman hiding alone in her car, and the older woman embracing the young man. Levine front-flips into the pool and is submerged underwater, completely unaware of what's to happen to him in falling in love that summer. Flashbacks show the two women walking side by side in the city as someone watches them from his/her car and all three protagonists are face to face, hinting at events that will ensue.
After which, the young man and his girlfriend visit her home and dive into a swimming pool kissing. After they resurface from swimming, the young man looks to his girlfriend as she's being cared for by another woman who is revealed to be the girlfriend's mother. The mother helps her daughter dry from swimming and glances in the young man's direction. As the young couple relax at her parent's social gathering, everyone, except the young man, are oblivious to the reality that not everything is right in the mother's relationship with the much older man.
One night while walking down the stairs, the young man comes to find someone lying unconscious in the room. Recognizing the unconscious to be the mother, he goes to revive her and discovers that she's been abused by someone (judging by the red lipstick smeared across her face and other signs of physical abuse). The mother awakens and inexplicably kisses Levine, who returns her affections. Flashbacks reveal that the mother was abused by her husband.