Famed “American Pie” singer Don McLean has decided to break his silence after he was arrested and charged with domestic violence.
McLean has decided to release a statement to E! Online following his arrest, and in his statement, he hasn’t spoken about his role in the domestic dispute with his wife, but he does say in so many words that he’s been through one heck of a year personally and in his marriage.
— CNN (@CNN) January 21, 2016
“This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me. 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. I may never recover from this but I will try and hope to continue to entertain you all as I always have.”
He continued, “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.”
According to various reports, McLean was arrested in Maine following a domestic assault charge. Eventually, the news came out as class D misdemeanor for the “American Pie” singer.
— Mashable (@mashable) January 21, 2016
As the Inquisitr reported, his arrest was a shock to many fans given his “peace and lovin'” vibe that many know him for. The singer was arrested at 2 a.m. after police were called on January 18. After assessing the situation, police decided to arrest McLean, and hours later, the singer had his bailed paid, which was set at $10,000. Although it’s obvious that the singer is going through a rough time, he will have to pick himself up to appear at court at the Knox County on February 22.
As of right now, it’s not yet known whether McLean’s children were present at the time that the police were called or during his arrest.
Fans seem to be heartbroken that the singer has fallen on hard times.
I am so bummed about this https://t.co/HpnS3DL0nf
— Brittney McNamara (@BMcNamara_MW) January 18, 2016
— David Vance (@DVATW) January 19, 2016
Lemmy, Bowie, and Glenn Frey gone. Don McLean arrested for domestic violence. Sad few weeks in Rock.
— Adam Surufka (@adam_surufka) January 19, 2016
The last tweet refers to the passing of rock legends David Bowie and Eagles founding member Glenn Frey in two weeks span of time.
In what was probably some foreshadowing that the singer had troubles, he had sold the original manuscript of “American Pie” for $1.2 million. According to Rolling Stone, the singer gave a statement about the auction for one of his most prized possessions.
“I have two children and a wife, and none of them seem to have the mercantile instinct. I want to get the best deal that I can for them. It’s time.”
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the singer’s wife, Pat McLean, decided to get a restraining order against her husband after he threatened her and allegedly made this shocking statement during the assault.
“I want to strangle you so bad.”
In the past, his wife alleged that he has threatened her with a gun, saying, “If I have a stroke (over my leaving him), I will get my gun and kill you.”
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