Musician Ryan Adams has released a statement via his social media, addressing the allegations of abuse raised earlier this year.
“I have a lot to say,” Adams, 44, wrote. “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.”
Adams was accused of harassment and emotional abuse by multiple women, including ex-wife, Mandy Moore. He was also accused of exposing himself to and graphic testing a 14-year-old aspiring musician who has simply been identified as Ava.
“I never see pics of you anymore,” Adams wrote in November 2014, when he had just turned 40 and Ava was newly 16 per The Times. “You were blowing my mind.” He had pet names for her body parts.
As a result of the allegations, Adams forthcoming album was put on hold by his label.
“I’ve lost friends who have passed away in this time of self reflection and silence,” Adams continued. “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.”