Oh, Ryan Adams. Back in March, a hapless New York reporter asked the itsy-bitsy popster whether he was dating actress and singer Mandy Moore. We had heard that they were. Adams not only denied it, but he berated our reporter for even asking the question. “I can’t believe you guys would print lies like that. You said Mandy Moore and I were dating!” he howled. “Which we’re not. She’s single, and I don’t know why everyone thinks she has to be in a relationship.” We dutifully posted an item saying that the two were not dating.
And yet today Adams released a statement to OK! announcing their breakup. According to the mag, they’d been dating since December. “Mandy is one of those genuinely sweet angelic people you wish to meet your whole life,” Ryan wrote. We agree! We’ve been dying to meet Mandy since she played Lana the witchy popular girl in the original Princess Diaries. “I am grateful for our friendship and how it allowed us both to grow and learn more,” Adams added. Of course, he blames the media spotlight for the split.
“Unfortunately I am allergic to paparazzi and have found the best antidote to that sort of nonsense is staying behind the guitar and typewriter, staying close to my support group of friends and band mates and not engaging in activities that prevent me from taking care of myself or others,” he says. “I found the entire speculation and subsequent photographs and intrusions terrifying and only wish to live as normal a life as possible, so that I might always remain punk as f*** AND sober.”
Laying aside the fact that the only “lie” we ended up printing was the one Ryan told us, who hides their relationship from the press and then sends out a press release about their breakup? That’s the hard part, where you don’t want the press around. While you’re dating, the paparazzi is just helping you record your memories!