Music fans may remember that back in February of 2019, singer/songwriter Ryan Adams was accused of sexual misconduct after a report in the New York Times detailed the accounts of several women who alleged he used his fame and status to abuse them.
The report said that the artist had offered several women his support to help them navigate the music industry, if they agreed to his sexual advances. At the time, Adams offered up apologies on his social channels to "anyone I have ever hurt" while at the same time calling the article "upsettingly inaccurate."
In a brand new letter published by the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Adams says "there are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I've mistreated people through my life and career," addressing the prior allegations. "All I can say is that I'm sorry.”
Adams continues, "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. I get that and I also understand that there's no going back."
In what seems like a moment of self-awareness he admits, "to a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull**** 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."
"There is no way to convince people that this time is truly different, but this is the albatross that I deserve to carry with me as a result of my actions."
Fair enough. Taking responsibility for one’s actions is a first step. For Adams, who has not released a full album since 2014’s 1984, the next step was to announce he has new music in the works. "Music is how I lay my soul bare,” he says, “and in working through this, I have written enough music to fill half a dozen albums.”
"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," he continues.
Adams also opens up about addiction and mental health, saying that he has fought to get himself sober with professional help, admitting “sobriety is a priority in my life, and so is my mental health. These, as I'm learning, go hand in hand."
"I hope that the people I've hurt will heal," he concluded. "And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me."
Adams' ex-wife Mandy Moore addressed the statement Monday morning on the Today show, saying, "I find it curious that someone would make a public apology but not do it privately."
"I am speak for myself, but I have not heard from him," she continued. "I do find it curious that someone would do an interview about it without actually making amends privately."