American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has apologized for his “harmful behavior,” after several women came forward with accusations that he pursued them sexually and then used their relationships to harass or emotionally abuse them.
According to the statement of Daily Mail Friday, Adams said, “he was sorry for the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career” and that he has spent the past year reflecting on his actions and getting sober.
“That being said, no amount of growth will ever take away the suffering I had caused,” Adams said. “I will never be off the hook and I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior, and will be for my actions moving forward.”
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Ryan Adams Apologizes For His “Harmful Behavior” Toward Women
In February 2019, the New York Times published accounts of seven women, including Mandy Moore, the singer and actor who was married to Adams for seven years, and musician Phoebe Bridgers who shared similar stories about Adams’ promises, insistence on control, and retaliation.
In his new statement, Adams didn’t immediately handle the newspaper’s reporting, however, mentioned that this apology wasn’t “like the same empty bull***t apology that I’ve all the time used when I was called out.”
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“I’ve gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt,” he said. “I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.”
Moore, who married Adams in 2009, told the Times that he effectively took over her career and that she considered Adams to be psychologically abusive. She said that while they would write songs together, Adams wouldn’t record them. He also would book studio time with her and then replace her with other women, Moore said.
“In my effort to be a better man, I have fought to get sober, but this time I’m doing it with professional help,” Adams said, adding that he is now prioritizing his sobriety and mental health. “I really want to express that I’ve internalized the importance of self-care and self-work. I’m really trying.”