Ryan Adams was accused of sexual harassment and emotional abuse by several women in the music industry last week. The New York Times exposé outlined harrowing details of the abuse suffered by Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore and indie singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.
Phoebe Bidgers posted her first public statement following the abuse allegations in a heartfelt Instagram post.
“It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things,” the singer began. Bridgers thanked her friends and family for supporting her and validating her experiences.
“They told me that what had happened was f*cked up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them.”
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It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things. Thank you from my whole fucking heart to my friends, my bands, my mom. They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was fucked up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them. Ryan had a network too. Friends, bands, people he worked with. None of them held him accountable. They told him, by what they said or by what they didn’t, that what he was doing was okay. They validated him. He couldn’t have done this without them. Guys, if your friend is acting fucked up, call them out. If they’re actually your friend, they’ll listen. That’s the way this all gets better.
Bridgers went on to say that Adams also had a support system who witnessed his alleged excusable actions and validated him. She ended her post with a wish for those who are friends with alleged abusers. “Guys, if your friend is acting f*cked up, call them out. If they’re actually your friend, they’ll listen. That’s the way this all gets better.”
The Instagram post elicited an outpouring of love and support from fans.
“No woman in should ever have to experience anything in the realms of what happened to you. The enabling is truly disgusting & I hope that the people around individuals as this, take a damn hard look inside themselves. Your strength is inspiring,” responded one Instagram user.
“Thank you thank you thank you for everything. Stay strong and keep making art because that’s how we triumph,” another fan wrote.
Bridgers also posted the message to her Twitter page and Mandy Moore retweeted her support.
Ryan Adams is currently being investigated by the FBI for the allegations of sexual misconduct, including accusations of sexual relations with a 15-year-old. Ryan Adam’s album, Big Colors, which was set to be released in April has been “put on hold” indefinitely.