Ryan Adams breaks silence five months after sexual misconduct claims: 'Believe women'

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Ellie Harrison
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Ryan Adams has broken his five-month silence about allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

The singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Saturday to tell his fans to “believe women” and that “it’s time people know” who he is.

In a New York Times investigation in February, Adams was accused of promising career opportunities to young female artists before pursuing them for sex.

Singers including Phoebe Bridgers and Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore were among those to allege misconduct by the singer, which he denied. Following the allegations going public, an album and tour were both scrapped.

“I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon,” wrote Adams on Saturday. “Because the truth matters. It’s what matters most. I know who I am. What I am. It’s time people know.”

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Read Adam’s full post, below.

“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.”