Mandy Moore is breaking her silence on ex-husband Ryan Adams’ public apology more than a year after he was accused by multiple women of sexual and emotional abuse. Over the weekend, the musician penned an essay for the Daily Mail where he apologized for his previous behavior and revealed that he had since become sober.
Moore was one of seven women, including singer Phoebe Bridgers, who detailed Adams’ “pattern of manipulative behavior” in a February 2019 New York Times piece. The actress, who split from Adams in 2015 after nearly six years of marriage, characterized actions during their relationship to be “psychologically abusive,” per the Times. When asked about her ex’s recent apology on Today, Moore wasn’t impressed. “Um, you know, it’s challenging because I feel like in many ways 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,” she said.
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Moore added that her ex-husband had not reached out to her personally regarding his past actions. “Speaking for myself, I’ve not heard from him,” she told co-host Hoda Kotb. “I’m not looking for an apology necessarily, but l do find it curious that someone would do an interview about it without actually making amends privately.”
The actress recounted in the Times piece that Adams used music as “a point of control” during their relationship. “His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time — my entire mid-to-late 20s,” she told the Times. “What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive,” Moore also revealed. “You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”
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At the time the Times report was published, Adams denied all claims of mistreatment through his attorney. Via his lawyer, Adams said Moore’s account of their relationship was “completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship.” He also posted a series of tweets after the article was published, apologizing “to anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally.”
In his latest apology Adams wrote, in part, “To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull***t 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.”
Since the end of her marriage to Adams, Moore has found love with musician Taylor Goldsmith, whom she wed in November 2018. She released her seventh studio album—and first in more than a decade—Silver Landings in January 2020.
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