Ryan Adams Resurfaces Online Five Months After Sexual Misconduct Allegations: 'I Have a Lot to Say'
The embattled singer-songwriter took to social media Friday night (July 19) to share a statement in response to the allegation made against him in a New York Timesarticle in February. He also shared a snippet of his new song "I'm Sorry and I Love You" on Instagram.
“I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon,” Adams wrote. “Because the truth matters. 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 lies. This madness. My work was a map for the lost. Not a billboard. So soon.”
In February, The New York Times published an article with accusations of sexual misconduct, emotional abuse and manipulative behavior by several female musicians, including his ex-wife Mandy Moore and musician Phoebe Bridgers.
In response to the article, Adams tweeted an apology to to those he hurt, but said the "picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false."
The accusations also forced the postponement of Adams' upcoming album, Big Colors, which was set to arrive in April. The new song "I’m Sorry and I Love You" was previously seen on a track list of the upcoming album.
On Friday, Adams also a series of other posts on social media, including numerous photos and an instrumental clip of a song. See his posts below.
“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
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I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon.— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) July 20, 2019
Because the truth matters.
I know who I am. What I am.
It's time people know.
All the beauty in a life cannot be reduced to rubble for lies.
My work was a map for the lost. Not a billboard.