Ryan Adams wrote an apology for his “mistreatment” of his friends, family and co-workers in a statement published by Daily Mail.

He said, “There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I’ve mistreated people throughout my life and career. All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life. I’ve gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt. I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back.”

He added, “To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull—- 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.”

Adams closed by writing, “I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.”

In February 2019 The New York Times had published an article that explained a “pattern of manipulative behaviour in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.”

These females included artists Phoebe Bridgers, Karen Elson, Liz Phair and his former wife Mandy Moore who called him psychologically abusive. 

While Adams did not touch on these allegations in his recent apology, in 2019 Adams took to Twitter to comment on The New York Times article. He said, “But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”