Mandy Moore Calls Out Ex-Husband Ryan Adams’ ‘Curious’ Apology After “Mistreating” 7 Women

From 2009 to 2015, Mandy Moore was married to rocker, producer and seven-time grammy-nominated artist Ryan Adams. Turns out, he was also capable of abuse and sexual harassment. In 2019, The New York Times published a detailed account from different women (seven of them to be exact) who reported being psychologically abused or sexually harassed by the rocker. One of these women includes no-ex wife Mandy Moore and, identified only as “Ava”, a 15/16-year-old who exchanged over 3,000 explicit texts with Adams. At the time that the exposé by The New York Times was released, Adams denied all the claims laid out within it. He even took to Twitter to vouch for his innocence.

 

 

Now, over a year later, Adams has released a lengthy apology letter, as published by the DailyMail.com. According to the site, “After more than a year out of the spotlight […] he’s sober, wiser and finally ready to confront the damaging behavior that brought his stellar rock and roll career crashing down”. In his apology letter, Adams says,

 

There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career. All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life. “

 

Not long after, on July 6, ex-wife Mandy Moore – who also spoke out against Adams’ controlling and psychologically abusive nature in The New York Times’ piece – made an appearance on the “Today” show with Hoda Kotb. During the interview, the 36-year-old ‘This is Us’ actress addressed her ex-husband’s apology.

 

 

When asked if she believed he’s changed, Moore said,

 

Um, you know, it’s challenging because I feel like in many ways I’ve said all I want to say about him and that situation, but, um, I find it curious that someone would make a public apology, but not do it privately.”

She continued to say that while she herself isn’t looking for an apology, she finds it “curious” that he would write something for a huge publication rather than “actually making amends privately.”

According to Adams, the reason he wanted to issue the apology in the first place is because he’s “gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook.” In his apology, he wrote,

 

“To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bulls— apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different. Having truly realized the harm that I’ve caused, it wrecked me, and I’m still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered. All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life. 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.”

 

 

When Moore met Adams in 2007, she was just 23 and he was 10 years older. He offered to work with her on her next album but would only continue to make empty promises. In The New York Times exposé, Moore claims that she and Adams “wrote songs together regularly that Adams promised to record, but never did. He booked them time at his studio, only to replace her with other female artists” and “he lashed out in ways that Moore came to consider psychologically abusive”. Moore said that Adams would repeatedly tell her, “‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument.’”

 

Well, jokes on him because Moore has gone on to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is now happily married.

 

 

 

*Cover image credits:
Background: Photo by Miroslav Trinko on Unsplash
Mandy Moore: Mandy Moore on Instagram
Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams on Instagram
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