Musician Ryan Adams says he has “a lot to say” and that he will speak up “soon” about emotional abuse accusations against him from seven women stemming from a New York Times investigation in February.
In a message posted to his social media accounts late Friday and early Saturday, Adams said he’s tried to be “open and accountable” for his actions despite his flaws.
“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,” Adams wrote. “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.”
Seven women were quoted in the Times piece accusing Adams of emotionally manipulative behavior, including his ex-wife, “This is Us” star Mandy Moore and underage, at the time, musician Phoebe Bridgers. The article goes on to describe a pattern of the indie rock artist using his stature as a successful artist, producer and record-company founder to offer career opportunities to young, female artists, and then pursue sex.
“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly,” Adams said in response to the investigation. “But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I though was underage. Period.”
In the wake of the accusations, Adams’s UK and Ireland tour was cancelled, and his album release was also nixed. Earlier in the evening on Friday, Adams also released a snippet of a song that Pitchfork notes “I’m Sorry and I Love You” that was originally meant to be included on his album “Big Colors.”
“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,” Adams continued in his social media post Saturday. “Believe Women. Believe Truth. But never give up on being part of solutions, and healing.”
Read Adams’s full Instagram post below: