Mandy Moore previously accused ex-husband Ryan Adams of being "psychologically abusive," belittling her musical abilities and taking charge of her career

By Jen Juneau
February 21, 2019 11:46 AM
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Milo Ventimiglia is giving major props to his friend and This Is Us costar Mandy Moore.

In a Wednesday interview with Access, the actor praised Moore for speaking out about alleged incidents of harassment and emotional abuse she endured during her marriage to ex-husband Ryan Adams.

“There are things that people live through, so to be able to have a forum to discuss it and speak about it honestly, I’m incredibly proud of Mandy for just being who Mandy is, which is a very giving, inspiring woman,” Ventimiglia, 41, told the outlet.

“And if anyone else can take away from that situation of being inspired to let someone know that they’re not alone in a feeling, I think that’s a great thing to do,” he added.

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Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore
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Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia
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Moore previously opened up about her difficult relationship with Adams, whom she divorced in 2016 after seven years of marriage. She said in a Feb. 13 New York Times story that her ex-husband, now 44, took charge of her music career in 2010 three years after they first met when she was 23.

The singer and actress (who was one of seven women to allege harassment and abuse from Adams in the article) 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.

She 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.

Adams denied Moore’s claims via his lawyer, saying her “characterization” of their relationship is “completely inconsistent with his view.” Adams has denied other allegations against him as well, including the suggestion he had “sexual conversations” with an underage teen.

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Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore

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Five days later, Moore opened up about her former relationship with Adams during an episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, sharing, “I was living my life for him … being the mother.”

“It’s an entirely unhealthy dynamic,” the “Candy” singer said with a sigh. “I had no sense of self … I was so small.”

Moore said “there was a constant stream of trying to pay attention to this person who needed me and wouldn’t let me do anything else,” which affected her career in a negative way, and explained she knew the marriage was not working when she felt she was “drowning.”

“It was so untenable and unsustainable and it was so lonely. I was so sad. I was so lonely with him,” she said, adding, “I knew this was not the person I was meant to be with.”