Ryan Adams breaks silence following abuse allegations: “I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon.”
Social media posts include a snippet of I’m Sorry And I Love You from shelved album Big Colors.
Ryan Adams performs in concert on the first day of week one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Image: Gary Miller / FilmMagic
Ryan Adams published a flurry of Instagram and Twitter posts on 19 July – including a snippet of I’m Sorry And I Love You from his shelved album Big Colors – in the singer’s first online activity in five months.
Sexual misconduct allegations came to light in February and saw the star lose the support of gear companies and face widespread condemnation for what The New York Times described as “a pattern of manipulative behaviour in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.”
The FBI also opened an enquiry into allegations of sexually explicit communications with an underage fan. Adams initially apologised, but also described The New York Times article as “upsettingly inaccurate.”
Among the series of fresh posts last night, Adams said: “I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon. 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.”
Given the deeply troubling nature of the allegations it remains to be seen whether the singer-songwriter can rebuild his career, although this post has already received in excess of 5,000 likes:
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“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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