More than one year after the publication of an explosive New York Times piece detailing a history of abusive behavior by Ryan Adams, the newly sober singer-songwriter has apologized in an open letter to the Daily Mail for "the ways [he's] mistreated people throughout [his] life and career." One person who isn't buying it? Adams' ex-wife, fellow musician and actress Mandy Moore.
When asked about her former husband's apology during a live segment on NBC's TODAY, Moore said, "It's challenging because in many ways I feel like I've said all I want to say about him and that situation, but I find it curious that someone would make a public apology but not do it privately," adding, "I am speaking for myself, but I have not heard from him."
Mandy Moore talks about her ex-husband Ryan Adams’ public apology over the weekend regarding allegations of abuse. pic.twitter.com/MQ8j2nvY2L— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 6, 2020
Speaking to the Times' Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik last year, Moore recounted what she called psychological abuse by Adams, who would tell her she was "not a real musician because [she didn't] play an instrument" and prevented her from forging new creative relationships after releasing her sixth album, Amanda Leigh, in 2009.
Moore isn't the only survivor of Adams' abuse who's expressed surprise over his latest statement. English model and singer-songwriter Karen Elson, who recounted a "traumatizing experience" with Adams after reading the Times exposé, tweeted Saturday that she has not heard from him since 2018, when he "called [her] a liar," making her "disillusioned with the entire music industry."
My thoughts on Ryan Adam. I believe in redemption and amends even for him. However he has not reached out to me since 2018 to apologize for his terrible behavior. In fact back then he called a liar which added more pain and made me disillusioned with the entire music industry.— Karen Elson (@KarenElson_) July 4, 2020
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