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Mandy Moore discusses the “entirely unhealthy dynamic” of her marriage to Ryan Adams

By | Published on Tuesday 19 February 2019

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Following last week’s New York Times article that made a number of allegations against Ryan Adams, his ex-wife Mandy Moore has appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast to discuss their marriage, which she says was built on “an entirely unhealthy dynamic”.

In the NYT report six women – including Moore – accused Adams of abusive behaviour. That included offering to help them in their careers, before harassing them and becoming emotionally abusive. Other women have come forward with similar allegations since the article was published.

In the new interview, Moore explains: “I was living my life for him. It [was] an entirely unhealthy dynamic. I had no sense of self. I felt like I was drowning. It was so untenable and unsustainable and it was so lonely. I was so sad”.

In last week’s article, Moore claimed that Adams had halted her career at a pivotal time. Expanding on that theme, she told Maron: “I couldn’t do my job because there was a constant stream of trying to pay attention to this person who needed me and wouldn’t let me do anything else”.

“I got married in 2009”, she added, “and that’s when things really quieted down for me … I would do little jobs. It’s not like I completely stopped working. I would do things here or there, but it would become abundantly clear while I was working, things would fall completely apart at home”.

Adams denies the allegations made against him, arguing that the picture the NYT article “paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false”. You can listen to the interview with Moore here.