Mandy Moore's Former Costar Shane West Calls Her 'Strongest Woman' Amid Ryan Adams' Controversy
Shane West, who played Mandy Moore's on-screen love interest in A Walk to Remember, is standing behind her decision to speak out against her ex, Ryan Adams
The 40-year-old actor, who played Moore’s on-screen love interest in the 2002 film A Walk to Remember supported the This Is Us star after The New York Times published a story in which Moore and six other women accused the singer-songwriter of being manipulative, controlling and obsessive
“Speaking your truth can be painful and triggering but it’s always worth it,” Moore, 34, wrote on Instagram after the article was published. “My heart is with all women who have suffered any sort of trauma or abuse. You are seen and heard. #sisterhoodforever.”
In a show of support, West commented, “Warmest hug EVER to the strongest woman I know.”
Several other celebrities have also offered support to Moore and the other women named in the Times‘ article.
Sophia Bush commented on Moore’s Instagram post, writing, “I see you. I hear you. I know it hurts and I thank you for doing it anyway. We’ve all got your back, sister,” while Minka Kelly tweeted, “I am so proud of the graceful, class act that you are, @TheMandyMoore. You are stronger and braver than most. What a joy it has been to watch you soar these past three years. You’ve only just begun.”
Naming all of the women who chose to identify themselves to the Times, singer Vanessa Carlton added, “Thank you to Mandy, Phoebe, Courtney and others for speaking out. This is an important article. This also cracks the door on more like him in our industry. There are more.”
Backing up all of the women who spoke against Adams, actress and activist Amber Tamblyn also tweeted, “I know a few women who have dated this man and these claims are definitely true. I believe Mandy Moore and the women who put their necks and careers on the line to tell their stories. We’ve got your backs.”
In The New York Times report, Moore — who has previously opened up to PEOPLE about her difficult marriage to Adams (they wed in 2009 and divorced in 2016) — said her ex-husband, now 44, took charge of her music career in 2010 three years after they first met when she was 23.
The This Is Us star claimed he “discouraged” her from working with other producers and managers, but after writing songs together Adams would “replace her with other female artists” when it came time to record the tracks.
The actress also said he was “psychologically abusive” and belittled her musical abilities. “His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time — my entire mid-to-late 20s,” Moore told the Times.
A 20-year-old woman named Ava also claimed that Adams had “sexual conversations” with her when she was just a teen.
Adams denied Moore’s claims via his lawyer, saying her “characterization” of their relationship is “completely inconsistent with his view.”
Adams’ lawyer Andrew B. Brettler denied the claims to the Times, saying his client never “engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.” Brettler also said the allegations come from “disgruntled individuals” who blame the singer for personal or professional disappointments, according to the outlet.
Adams also addressed the allegations in a series of tweets, alleging that “the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate.”
“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly,” wrote the singer-songwriter,” he wrote. “But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. 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.”
“As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing,” he added.
The same year that her divorce was finalized, Moore exclusively spoke with PEOPLE about her six-year marriage and moving on after a painful divorce.
“There are moments of being curled up in a ball on the floor,” Moore admitted. “It’s really hard. But I’ve moved on and progressed in the stages of grief and being angry and feeling the loss and all that. I do believe things happen for a reason. And I think I had that mantra moving through the trying times.”
“I wasn’t a participant in my own life for a while,” Moore added. “I poured so much of myself into my personal life and when that wasn’t as fruitful as I hoped it would be and I extricated myself from that situation, I was able to realize I wasn’t honoring myself and my dreams and what I wanted in life.”
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