Ryan Adams’ UK & Ireland Tour Cancelled Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams tour dates across the UK and Ireland have been pulled after a New York Times exposé detailed the accounts of several women who allege Adams engaged in emotional and verbal abuse and in a separate allegation, had sent sexually explicit text messages to an underage girl.

Ticketmaster Ireland announced the cancellation in a tweet, ensuring refunds will be made.

In the days following the Times’ report, a number of fans sought refunds from the ticket company but were initially turned away as the event was still scheduled to go ahead.


In the Times exposé, several women – including musician Phoebe Bridgers – allege Adams “dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.”

Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore said “music was a point of control for him”. 

Bridgers has since released a statement thanking people for their support. She also condemned Adams’ network for “validating” his behaviour.

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.

Adams’ guitarist Todd Wisenbaker then spoke out on social media. In a post on Instagram, Wisenbaker called Adams a “monster”.

There were times when I chose to believe his insane version of the truth because it was easier than believing that anyone is capable of being this much of a monster. It’s sickening and embarrassing. I’ve recently learned that pretty much everything he’s ever told me is a lie upon a lie upon a lie. There are excuses and denials for everything.

Another woman, Avatold the Times that she started talking to Adams online when she was 14. Ava said their conversations – which continued as she turned 15 and 16 – evolved into sexually explicit text messaging and Skype calls. Ava said Adams exposed himself during phone sex.

In a statement on Twitter, Adams denied the allegations and apologised to anyone who he had ever hurt but called the Times’ article “upsettingly inaccurate.” 

“Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false,” he tweeted. “I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”