Singer / songwriter Ryan Adams apologizes for his “harmful behavior” more than a year after several women came forward to prosecute them sexually and then used their relationships to harass or emotionally abuse them.
In a statement published by the Daily Mail on Friday, Adams said he was sorry for “the way I have mistreated people throughout my life and career” and that he spent the last year to reflect on his actions and to become sober.
“That being said, no growth will ever remove the suffering I had caused,” said Adams. “I will never be dropped and I am fully responsible for my harmful behavior, and I will be responsible for my actions in the future.”
In February 2019, The New York Times published accounts of seven women, including Mandy Moore – singer and actress who has been married to Adams for seven years – and musician Phoebe Bridgers who shared similar stories about the promises of Adams, l insistence on control and reprisals.
At the time, Adams apologized, but said the Times’ story was inaccurate.
In his new statement, Adams did not directly address the newspaper report, but said that the excuses were not “like the same empty bull excuses I always used when I was called.”
“I have passed the point where I would apologize just for being released and I know very well that my apologies will probably not be accepted by those I have injured,” he said. “I hope the people I have injured will heal. And I hope they will find a way to forgive me.”
According to the Times, Adams exchanged messages online with a fan and a bass player identified as Ava at the age of 14. The Times, which reviewed the texts, said that at the age of 15 and 16, the messages included explicit sexual content and that Adams had asked him to keep their relationship a secret.
Bridgers, who wrote about his emotionally violent relationship with Adams in his song “Motion Sickness,” told The Times that shortly after Adams contacted to discuss the release of a record of his music in 2014 at the 20 years old, they started a relationship. Within weeks, Adams was discussing marriage and sending out obsessive and emotionally abusive texts, the Times reported.
When she broke up with him, Adams delayed the release of her music and resumed an offer to open for him on tour, she told The Times. Three years later, she hesitantly accepted a new opening offer for him on several dates.
Moore, who married Adams in 2009, told The Times that he had indeed resumed his career and that she considered Adams to be psychologically abusive. She said that even if they would write songs together, Adams would not record them. He would also book studio time with her and then replace her with other women, said Moore.
“In my efforts to become a better man, I have fought to become sober, but this time I do so with the help of a professional,” said Adams, adding that he now prioritizes his sobriety and to his mental health. “I really want to express that I have internalized the importance of personal care and personal work. I’m really trying.”