Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has been accused of controlling and manipulating women in the music industry. According to The New York Times, “In interviews, seven women and more than a dozen associates described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangles career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.” One instance was his online interaction with a 14-year-old fan named Ava back in 2013. She was a bass player starting her career in music. But their exchanges weren’t always about music. “Eventually, Ava said, they conducted video calls on Skype, where Adams exposed himself during phones sex.” Clearly, this guy has a very sick mind. However, Ryan is trying to save face with his lawyer saying he, “does not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music.” Please stop making excuses for yourself.
Aside from this, his ex-wife Mandy Moore also spoke up about their past relationship. He used music to control her, “He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,’” Mandy said. Last I checked, married couples were supposed to help and support each other. But the toxicity didn’t end there. “His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time—my entire mid-to-late 20s.”
Ryan also responded to the issue saying, “I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly.”
I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly.
But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.
As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.