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Phoebe Bridgers discusses her decision to speak out against Ryan Adams

In February 2019, Phoebe Bridgers came forward along with Ryan Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore and a host of other women, to accuse Adams of sexual harassment in a report by the New York Times. Now, Bridgers discussed her decision to speak out.

After the report was published, Adams issued a public apology for his actions but also labelled the New York Times piece as being “upsettingly inaccurate,” and that “some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”

Bridgers was speaking to NME about the whole process and how the New York Times made her feel comfortable to tell her story: “When a team of amazing fact-checkers and journalists unafraid of actual lawsuits are on your side,” she said. “I feel really lucky I met so many people who were willing to go to bat for me. There’s a big conversation about privilege to be had. I, a young white female, was able to meet other young white females who had contacts with journalists. So many people do not have that.”

The singer also talked about the #MeToo within the music industry: “With music, every group is much more isolated. It can happen with power dynamics and #MeToo shit, but also with a manager who’s just fucking every single person over. Or labels that sign you and flirt with you and then don’t release your shit. And why can they do it to 10 bands in a row? Because people don’t talk to each other.”

She then added: “When I met Ryan [Adams], I didn’t know anybody in music for the most part. But then I would then meet tons of people who were like, ‘Oh my God – he is a trash person’. I didn’t have that when I was 20, and a lot of people still don’t.”

In other Phoebe Bridgers related news, the musician has recently released a cover Bright Eyes‘ 2005 gem ‘First Day Of My Life’.

Bridgers, of course, created Better Oblivion Community Center with Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst in 2018 and she has now chosen to cover the track during her set as part of Deezer’s Home Sessions.

The song originally featured on Bright Eyes’ 2005 album I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Bridgers does Oberst and co.’s version justice with her re-working of the track.

Bright Eyes recently announced their return after nine years and have released the excellent ‘Persona Non-Grata’, ‘Forced Convalescence’ and ‘One and Done’ as we eagerly await more details about their full-length album which was recorded before lockdown.

Bridgers also has new material of her own on the horizon, with her second solo record Punisher set to be released through Dead Oceans on June 19th 2020, which arrives as the eagerly anticipated follow up Stranger In The Alps which allowed Bridgers to break onto the scene in 2017.

The indie-folk hero recently released her latest single ‘I See You’ which is taken from the album and disclosed this about the track: “It’s about my breakup with my drummer,” says Bridgers of ‘I See You’. “We dated for a few years, made music every day, and were extremely codependent.

“We became like family to each other, so our breakup was extremely tough. But if this tells you anything about our relationship, we wrote this song together, just like everything else.” 

Check out her cover of ‘First Day Of My Life’ below.