Ryan Adams has re-emerged on social media after being accused of abuse and manipulation in February. The “F*ck The Rain” singer released a cryptic statement on Twitter followed by lengthy statement with little depth on Instagram. Adams vaguely mentions the accusations against him that were documented and released in a New York Times exposé. The exposé stated that he offered stardom to several up-and-coming female musicians in exchange for sexual favors.
Adams’s cryptic statement began with putting an emphasis on the importance of truth.
“I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon. Because the truth matters. It’s what matters most. I know who I am. What I am. It’s time people know. Past time,” he wrote.
The singer didn’t explain much about his abuse allegations other than excusing his behavior due to past hardships he’s faced.
“I didn’t have an easy life. I lost my brother the day the Prisoner Tour ended,” Adams said. “Every night wondering if he would be alive. He was proud of me. My family and my friends were there for that. And so many great fans. For the Meineres community who suffer every day. This music was for then. It mattered. And that was always for it to help.”
He ended his statement with saying people should “believe women” and “believe truth.” Adams said he broke his silence because he wants to be a part of “solutions and healing” and that he doesn’t want to pass away staying silent.
Read Adams’s full statement on his Instagram.
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“I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon. Because the truth matters. It’s what matters most. I know who I am. What I am. It's time people know. Past time. All the beauty in a life cannot be reduced to rubble for confusion, ignoring truths that destroy all the good in us. This madness and misunderstanding. There’s enough of that in this world My work was always meant to be a map for the lost. I’ve tried my best to be open and accountable. Not a billboard. I mean, maybe for being flawed. I’ve always wanted to help. I’m trying. So, soon… because it’s time to get back to what I do best. I’m here for the music, for the love and for making things better. I didn’t have an easy life. I lost my brother the day the Prisoner Tour ended. Every night wondering if he would be alive. He was proud of me. My family and my friends were there for that. And so many great fans. For the Meineres community who suffer every day. This music was for then. It mattered. And that was always for it to help. So let’s do that. THAT will matter. The amends made and things lost in the noise, that should’ve mattered too. I want to be a part of that healing. To go play have some great shows and put out these badass records. Believe Women. Believe Truth. But never give up on being part of solutions, and healing. I’ve lost friends who have passed away in this time of self reflection and silence. I can’t be like that. There’s been too much that mattered. Thank you for your kindness, your support and for this time I needed to decide how I could be a part of a better tomorrow for everybody. Sometimes that peace comes from opening yourself up. That’s who I want to be. Here’s to that. With love and with faith- In all of us and our best and our faults RA
Adams was accused of sexual manipulation and emotional abuse by his ex-wife Mandy Moore, mentee Phoebe Bridgers, and other women who chose to remain anonymous. One woman said she was 15-years-old when Adams began making sexual advances towards her. Bridgers said Adams had promised her fame but turned “obsessive and emotional abusive” after she parted ways with him and he withheld music they had been working on.
After the allegations became publicized, Adams’s record label cancelled the release of his then forthcoming album Big Colors. However, his recent statement could mean the singer is trying to make amends in order to share new music.
New York Times reporter Joe Coscarelli released screenshots of Adams’s manager Ty Stiklorius allegedly quitting. “I’m not interested in any of this healing crap,” Adams said in messages to Stiklorius. He also mentioned some “failed” interventions Stiklorius organized. She responded simply with, “Ok then I think we are at odds,” before telling Adams, “Maybe it’s time you found a different manager.”