Don McLean Breaks Silence Over Domestic Violence Allegations
Veteran singer/songwriter Don McLean has broken his silence following his domestic violence arrest, blaming the incident on the “very painful breakdown” of his 29-year marriage.
The “American Pie” star was taken into custody in the early hours of Monday after police officers responded to reports of a bust-up at his home in Camden, Maine.
His second wife, Patrisha, who he wed in 1987, subsequently applied for a restraining order against the musician, which was granted by Judge Susan Sparaco on Tuesday, after submitting a statement detailing the alleged assault in papers filed in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland.
The handwritten documents also accused McLean of years of abuse throughout their marriage – allegations the star’s attorney, Walter McKee, has vigorously denied.
Now the 70-year-old himself has spoken out to insist he is “not a villain,” revealing the estranged couple is working through a split.
Addressing the claims via Twitter on Thursday, McLean wrote, “This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me [sic]. What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship. Our hearts are broken and we must carry on. There are no winners or losers but I am not a villain…”
He goes on to defend his reputation, asking fans not to jump to conclusions, adding, “I may never recover from this but I will try and hope to continue to entertain you all as I always have… I ask God to give us the strength to find new happiness and I hope people will realize that this will all be resolved but I hope I will not be judged in this frantic media environment.”
It is not yet clear if the McLeans, who are parents to two adult children, have initiated formal divorce proceedings.
The singer, who has been ordered to avoid all contact with his wife as part of his bail restrictions, is due back in court on February 22 to answer to the domestic assault charge.
His spouse’s temporary protective order will be reviewed on January 28.