/This Is Us star Mandy Moore accuses ex Ryan Adams of emotional abuse – DigitalSpy.com

This Is Us star Mandy Moore accuses ex Ryan Adams of emotional abuse – DigitalSpy.com

Mandy Moore

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Mandy Moore has spoken out about her ex-husband Ryan Adams, joining a number of women who have accused the musician of emotional abuse and harassment – which he has denied.

In a report by The New York Times, the This Is Us actress – who was married to Adams for six years until 2016 – claimed that he used music as “a point of control”.

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“He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument’,” the actress and singer said.

“His controlling behaviour 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.”

Ryan Adams

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Singer-songwriter Adams has denied the allegations in the report, responding directly to Moore’s accusations as “completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship”.

In a statement through his lawyer, Adams added that he had always been supportive of his former wife’s “well-deserved professional success”.

In a series of messages shared on Twitter, Adams apologised “deeply and unreservedly” to anyone he had “ever hurt” but continued to deny the NYT‘s claims.

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“The picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate,” he wrote. “Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false.”

Responding to an allegation in the NYT report that he had ‘exposed himself during phone sex’ with an underage teenager, he hit back: “I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”

Adams went on: “As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”


Coercive control is a form of domestic abuse. Readers who are affected by the claims raised in this story are encouraged to contact Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk) or Women’s Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk) for support.


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