Ryan Adams has apologised for “the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career” through an official statement.
Adams, 45, offered no specific response to the multiple allegations of emotional and verbal abuse and harassment made against him in a New York Times report published in February 2019.
Seven women and more than a dozen associates of Adams described a “pattern of manipulative behaviour in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex”, the Times wrote. Adams’ ex-wife, musician and actor Mandy Moore, said that he was psychologically abusive.
Musicians including Phoebe Bridgers, Karen Elson and Liz Phair also alleged misconduct by Adams.
A young female fan alleged that she had an online relationship with the singer in her teens, which included “graphic texting” and explicit video phone sex. The FBI’s Crimes Against Children Squad opened an investigation into the young woman’s claims.
At the time of the New York Times article’s publication, Adams tweeted that the “picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate”. He added: “Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I though [sic] was underage. Period.”
However, Adams has now stated that he was seeking professional help to get sober and taking his mental health seriously. “To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bullshit apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different.”
He said that it “wrecked” him to realise “the harm that I’ve caused”
He added that he had written enough music “to fill half a dozen albums” during his period away from the spotlight. “Some of these songs are angry, many are sad but most of them are about the lessons I’ve learned over the last few years.”