Shane West Says Mandy Moore is the ‘Strongest Woman’ For Speaking Out Against Ex Ryan Adams
Shane West is lending his support to A Walk to Remember co-star Mandy Moore after the singer spoke out against ex-husband Ryan Adams in a New York Times exposé.
West called Moore the "strongest woman," sending support her way after she detailed Adams' alleged abusive behavior. The actor shared his kind words on Instagram, commending on a post from the This is Us star from Feb. 13.
"Warmest hug EVER to the strongest woman I know," West, 40, commented.
West starred opposite Moore in the 2002 romantic film, modeled after a Nicholas Sparks novel by the same name. West played a bad boy who fell in love with Moore, an ailing teen. The pair reunited along with director Adam Shankman in 2017, much to the delight of fans.
He was one of many people to stand by Moore's side after she shared her harrowing account of life with Adams. Billy Eichner, Claire Holt, Emily Schuman and many more flocked to the comments section of Moore's Instagram account to show their love and support.
Twitter was flooded with similar messages. Fans defended the singer-turned-actress and commended her bravery and honesty. Many expressed a hope that she would return to music.
"Ryan Adams was such a s---bag in how he spoke about Mandy Moore after the divorced so literally zero part of me is shocked to hear that he's a monster," one fan tweeted.
Another wrote, "so help me, i would lay down my life for mandy moore."
"I don't know who Ryan Adams is, but if Mandy Moore says you did that s--- – you did that s---," a third tweeted.
Another fan added, "mandy moore deserves so much better than ryan adams i am sooo happy she has taylor now who actually supports her and makes her happy F--- U RYAN ADAMS HONESTLY."
In the New York Times piece, Moore and several other women, including songstress Phoebe Bridgers, recounted Adams' manipulative behavior and abuse. Moore said in the piece that "music was a point of control" for her ex. Shortly after they married, he discouraged her from working with other producers or management teams.
The pair wrote songs together, which he promised to record, but never did. Adams would reportedly lash out at Moore and was psychologically abusive toward her.
"He would always tell me, 'You're not a real musician, because you don't play an instrument," she shared.
Moore added, "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."