Ryan Adams has apologized for the way he has treated women in the past. The singer was accused of sexual misconduct by seven women, including his ex-wife Mandy Moore, last year.

In a long statement in the Daily Mail , he writes that he is level-headed and “there are no words to express how bad I feel about the way I have mistreated people all my life and career.”

“I can only say I’m sorry. It’s so simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize I had to make important changes in my life,” said 45-year-old Adams.

“No matter how much I grow, it will never take away the suffering I have caused,” the singer writes in his statement. “I won’t be able to escape it and I am fully responsible for my harmful behavior. I hope the people I have hurt will heal. And I hope they will find a way to forgive me.”

Adams also says that in his “attempt to be a better man” he tried several times to go through life sober. “This time I’m doing it with professional help,” says Adams. He thinks he is a priority in his life, as is his mental health. “These, I learn, go hand in hand.”

Adams is said to have manipulated women

In February of last year, The New York Times published an article in which seven women and other insiders spoke about Adams. They stated that they noticed a pattern of manipulative behavior in the musician, who has seven Grammy nominations to his name.

The mostly young women were at the beginning of their musical career when Adams offered them opportunities for a successful start of their career. Adams later tried to seduce the singers into sex. If they refused, he would have reacted with vengeance and stopped supporting the talents.

His ex-wife, singer and actress Mandy Moore, is one of the women Adams blames. She and the others argue that the musician exploited them and took advantage of their ambitions. “He had power with music,” said Moore.