Ryan Adams Controversy: Ryan Adams is pleading for forgiveness once more, two years after he was accused of manipulating and harassing a number of female musicians. Adams reflected on his “cancelled” career in his first interview after The New York Times published its horrific 2019 investigation exposing the singer for emotionally and sexually assaulting women in a Los Angeles Magazine interview released Monday.
Seven women accused Adams of encouraging young female artists and then manipulating and restricting their goals, frequently for his personal sexual advantage, at the time, including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore and singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.
“I felt like they were begging me to die,” Adams added, referring to the cancellation culture. “So I’m losing my life’s work, my identity, and my capacity to support for myself.” And I no longer have the emotional support to assist in resolving this. “What am I going to do now that the door has slammed?”
He noted that he had lost not just work possibilities (the cancellation of his U.K. and Ireland tours, as well as the delayed release of his “Big Colors” album), but also personal friends, comparing them to a “swarm of birds, and they all turn at the same moment.”
“I was (expletive) shocked,” he said. “I couldn’t fall asleep. Anxiety made me quite ill. I couldn’t make it work. I was functional in the sense that I kept my house and animals in good condition. But I wasn’t feeling great.” Addressing the elephant in the room, Adams went on to refute Moore’s accusations at the time that her ex-husband utilized her musical ambitions to control and punish her. From 2009 through 2016, the couple was married.
Mandy Moore told The New York Times, “His dictatorial approach effectively did impede my capacity to build new relationships in the industry throughout a very important and potentially lucrative time — my whole mid-to-late 20s.” Moore’s involvement in the plot, according to Adams, surprised him.
“I was thinking, ‘What’s the point of this now?'” “He stated. “We discussed this a long time ago. One of the most difficult and soul-crushing things you can do is divorce. And the best you can do is do it carefully. We did everything we could. So yeah, I was a bit perplexed.”
He also refuted the notion that he hampered her singing career
“If it ever came out of my mouth, I would have hoped it was soon followed by a real apology,” Adams added. “I’m capable of saying things I subsequently regret, and it stinks to have that happen… I understand her dissatisfaction. I understand her point of view.”
In response to Bridgers’ claim that he was “totally naked” after requesting her to bring something to his hotel room, Adams stated that he had no recall of the incident and that he rarely sleeps in hotel rooms. “She was a friend and an amazing, brilliant musician, with a very weird and wacky sense of humour,” Adams said.
He also addressed “crazy” claims that he had phone sex and sent explicit texts to an underage female. Though he did not dispute the encounter, he did clarify that he was unaware of her age and thought she was older because of social media posts of her performances in New York nightclubs.
“I can’t blame her,” he remarked of her participation in the Times report. “I left home when I was 15 years old, and I get it.” To those who believe he would intentionally have connections with young females, he stated, “I have no history of this type of behavior” (expletive). I like ladies who are tall, cruel to me, and half as intellectual as me. This is not my usual design.”