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Ryan Adams breaks silence following abuse allegations: “I have a lot to say”

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Ryan Adams has broken his social media silence after being accused of sexual misconduct and abuse by multiple women earlier this year. In posts on Instagram and Twitter, he writes:

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 lies.
This madness.
There’s enough of that in this world.
My work was a map for the lost. Not a billboard.

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

As Pitchfork points out, Adams also shared a clip of a new song to Instagram, called, “I’m Sorry and I Love You.” It’s from his album Big Colors, which was put “on hold” in April following the allegations.

Adams’ UK tour was cancelled after the allegations against him surfaced, and his guitarist and former tour manager were among those who spoke out against him.

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“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

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