Phoebe Bridgers releases new statement over Ryan Adams allegations

"Guys, if your friend is acting fucked up, call them out"

Phoebe Bridgers has released a new statement in response to the allegations of abuse made against Ryan Adams earlier this week.

Adams has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct, manipulation and abuse, with the claims being detailed in a New York Times article earlier this week. Bridgers and Adams’ ex-wife, Mandy Moore, were among those whose featured in the report.

In a new statement, Bridgers thanked her friends and family for their support since the allegations emerged and urged people who witness such behaviour to call it out sooner.

Her statement read: “It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things. Thank you from my whole fucking heart to my friends, my bands, my mom. They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was fucked up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them.

“Ryan had a network too. Friends, bands, people he worked with. None of them held him accountable. They told him, by what they said or by what they didn’t, that what he was doing was okay. They validated him. He couldn’t have done this without them. Guys, if your friend is acting fucked up, call them out. If they’re actually your friend, they’ll listen. That’s the way this all gets better.”

You can see the full statement below:

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It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things. Thank you from my whole fucking heart to my friends, my bands, my mom. They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was fucked up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them. Ryan had a network too. Friends, bands, people he worked with. None of them held him accountable. They told him, by what they said or by what they didn’t, that what he was doing was okay. They validated him. He couldn’t have done this without them. Guys, if your friend is acting fucked up, call them out. If they’re actually your friend, they’ll listen. That’s the way this all gets better.

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Bridgers told the New York Times that she met the singer-songwriter in 2014 and he invited her to his studio. He later discussed putting out a record with Bridgers but, according to the musician, began sending her “flirty texts”, which led to a short relationship.

According to Bridgers, Adams discussed marriage within less than a week of the pair being together and told her she could open for him on his European tour. The Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center star said that he soon became obsessive and emotionally abusive, asking her to prove where she was and leaving events to have phone sex, threatening suicide if she didn’t reply straight away.

After Bridgers broke up with him, she said he became evasive about releasing music with her and no longer wanted her to support him on tour. He later released three of her tracks on his label Pax-Am in 2015.

Adams reportedly still offered her opportunities including supporting him on tour in 2017, which Bridgers agreed to do in order to promote her music before she released her debut album. She said she discussed his behaviour with her manager before accepting.

Phoebe Bridgers

Following the New York Times article, it was also reported that Adams may now also be facing a criminal investigation from the F.B.I over the allegations, one of which was said to have included an inappropriate relationship with a young fan. Adams is alleged to have begun “explicit online communications” with the fan when she was aged 14 until she was 16, with the two allegedly “exchanging text messages and conducting video calls that sometimes included nudity.”

Through his lawyer earlier this week, Andrew B. Brettler, Adams denied the “extremely serious and outlandish accusations” which he said were “grousing by disgruntled individuals” who blamed him for “personal or professional disappointments.”

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams

Through his lawyer, Adams also said he does have “communications online with various fans and aspiring musicians” but “does not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music.” His lawyer added that he was unaware of Ava being underage, suggesting that she looked “approximately 20” in photos at the time and had performed in clubs.

Brettler said: “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”

It was also reported that the release of Adams’ next solo album, titled ‘Big Colors’, has been pulled from release following the publication of the allegations. The album was due to come out on April 19 and was set to be one of three album releases Adams had planned for 2019.