Friday 26 April 2019

Phoebe Bridgers issues statement as FBI investigates allegations against Ryan Adams

BRECON, WALES - AUGUST 18: Phoebe Bridgers performs on the Walled Garden stage during day 2 at Greenman Festival on August 18, 2018 in Brecon, Wales. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns)
BRECON, WALES - AUGUST 18: Phoebe Bridgers performs on the Walled Garden stage during day 2 at Greenman Festival on August 18, 2018 in Brecon, Wales. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns)
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Aoife Kelly

Singer Phoebe Bridgers has issued a new statement addressing the recent allegations of abuse made against Ryan Adams.

Bridgers is one of seven women, including Adams's ex-wife Mandy Moore, who accused the musician of sexual misconduct, manipulation, and abuse in a report by the New York Times.

In a new statement, released on Instagram, Bridgers (24) thanked her friends and family for their support and called on men and women to call out friends who behave in an abusive manner.

“It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things. Thank you from my whole f***ing heart to my friends, my bands, my mom," she wrote.

Ryan Adams has denied the claims against him. Picture: Getty
Ryan Adams has denied the claims against him. Picture: Getty

"They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was f***ed up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them."

She continued, “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."

Bridgers called on people to act in cases where they see abuse being perpetrated.

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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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"Guys, if your friend is acting f***ed up, call them out.  If they're actually your friend, they'll listen.  That's the way this all gets better," she concluded.

In the original report, Bridgers said she had a "whirlwind romance" with the artist in 2014 but claims he became obsessive and emotionally abusive and threatened to take his own life if she didn't answer the phone.

Also in the report, Adams' ex-wife Mandy Moore, to whom he was married for seven years from 2009 to 2016, accused him of being "psychologically abusive".

Actress/singer Mandy Moore attends
Actress/singer Mandy Moore attends "JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration" Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on November 7, 2018

The New York Times reports that the FBI is investigating the allegations and looking into whether or not the singer engaged in sexually explicit communications with a fan who was underage at the time.

Following the New York Times report, Mr Adams' lawyer Andrew B. Brettler released a statement saying: "Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage."

Read more: Mandy Moore says ex-husband Ryan Adams was 'psychologically abusive' during 'dark' marriage 

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