Mandy Moore breaks her silence after accusing ex-husband Ryan Adams of emotional abuse: 'Speaking your truth can be painful'

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Mandy Moore has no regrets about speaking out against her ex-husband, Ryan Adams.

The This Is Us star and six other women accused Adams of emotional abuse and harassment in a New York Times story Wednesday. After the story broke, she took to social media to make it clear that she feels she did the right thing. “Speaking your truth can be painful and triggering but it’s always worth it,” she wrote. “My heart is with all women who have suffered any sort of trauma or abuse. You are seen and heard.” She ended the post with “#sisterhoodforever.”


Moore told the newspaper that Adams took charge of her music career in 2010, three years after they met, when she was 23. She said he “discouraged” her from working with other producers and managers, and that after writing songs together, he would “replace her with other female artists” when it came time to record. “He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,’” she told the New York Times. She said she considered his behavior psychologically abusive.

Adams, through his lawyer, said Moore’s account of their time together was “completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship.” He also said he was supportive of her “well-deserved professional success,” and never prevented her from working with other producers.

Six other women also came forward accusing Adams of harassment and emotional abuse — including his ex-fiancée, Megan Butterworth, but Adams denied the “extremely serious and outlandish accusations.” He later posted this thread on Twitter:




Moore has been getting a lot of her love from her inner circle — and beyond — for speaking out. Actress Minka Kelly, one of her best friends, posted on Instagram and Twitter.

Screenshot: Minka Kelly via Instagram


There were a few more reactions to the exposé:






Moore and Adams were married in 2009 and divorced in 2016. It was clear it wasn’t a friendly split — as they reportedly fought over finances and the care of their cats. And the bitterness has lingered. Last October, Moore told Glamour that her first marriage wasn’t the “smartest decision” and that led Adams, who has a well-publicized history of mental illness and drug use, to go on a Twitter rant of negative comments about her, including how he didn’t remember their wedding because he was too high on painkillers. Moore told Bustle the next month, “When I think back to that particular time period,” when she was married to Adams, “it was heavy. It was dark. It was confusing. It was lonely.”

Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams in 2012. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

In November, Moore married her “very favorite person,” Taylor Goldsmith. They tied the knot at their L.A. home.


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