New York Times article:
Look, people. You’re surprised?
Did anyone even LISTEN to Mandy Moore a few years ago, when she announced divorce from Ryan Adams, and what she clearly told the media, about why she divorced him? I listened.
Did anyone even LISTEN to Phoebe Bridgers, when she said Ryan was a creep (in more or less words) from over a year ago? I listened. “Motion Sickness” is about him. It’s clear. And she even said it was, in certain interviews.
Like this is a big shock? The problem is…. you (men, and women alike) didn’t listen to the women who gave the first warning signs.
Now that this story has broken, you guys are all “oh my god, what a creep. I had no idea. So weird. Fuck him!”
You didn’t listen when Mandy Moore first talked about it (in a roundabout way), or Phoebe Bridgers (as early as late 2017). I read the articles.
You have to believe when the stories and hints first begin to surface. Believe.
Because it only gets worse.
LISTEN the first time.
Phoebe clearly says in this article that she wound up recording Stranger In The Alps independently, and went with the label that made the most sense (outside of Ryan Adams’ offer to help). Did you get the hint she dropped? I sure as fuck did.
Here you go, too:
One of those is Motion Sickness, in which an ex who treated her badly gets an expert skewering, although it’s neither triumphant nor self-pitying.
‘I faked it every time, but that’s alright,’ sings Phoebe — and later, ‘why do you sing with an English accent? I guess it’s too late to change it now’.
The (significantly older) ex was Ryan Adams. And it seems he was pretty peeved at the time. But presumably he got over it?
‘Y’know, not really,’ she says. ‘He pops up every once in a while, but I don’t really meet him around. He’s… an interesting character. It feels good to have the song out there and it feels good to have a little bit of power.’
LISTEN, people. LISTEN.
Ryan Adams: you’re a dope songwriter, but seriously… fuck you.
New York Times article about the FBI opening an investigation on him: