Ryan Adams: Album helped me through divorce

Ryan Adams found recording his '1989' covers album "very cathartic" as it helped him through his split from Mandy Moore.

Ryan Adams: Album helped me through divorce

Ryan Adams' Taylor Swift covers helped him through his divorce.

The 40-year-old singer - who split from Mandy Moore in January after five years of marriage - has recorded his own take on the pop superstar's '1989' album and found the project incredibly "cathartic".

He said: "It sounds very selfish and it is - I thought about Ryan. I projected into this universe. And the songs were this spacecraft that took me into this parallel universe.

"It was very cathartic for me, because I found myself singing those songs and feeling things from my divorce.

"Feeling things from a current relationship, feeling things from the distant past."

Ryan has been a huge fan of Taylor's since he heard her single 'White Horse', which was taken from her 2008 album 'Fearless'.

And he admits he was "shocked" by his response to the track, which left him "f***ed up".

He told the Guardian newspaper: "The first time I heard it I got chills head to toe.

"I remember feeling shocked by her voice, shocked at how clean that song was. I like stuff that sort of penetrates through my regular consciousness and hits me where I'm not looking. That's usually stuff that's a little darker.

"You know, that song is really about disillusionment on such a grand scale. I just thought about how this is hitting me like a tidal wave, it's so romantic and so beautiful, and yet so sad and so disillusioned - it's all the stuff I love about the Smiths. That song f***ed me up and I couldn't believe it. Her voice does this thing. It just goes through all my bulls**t detectors and right into my heart and soul."

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