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Don McLean Breaks Silence After Domestic Violence Arrest

Don McLean took to Twitter to partially explain his domestic violence arrest from earlier this week. The “American Pie” writer and singer reveals that his marriage is breaking down, but wants fans to know, “I am not a villain.”

It has not been confirmed that McLean’s wife Patrisha was the victim surrounding Monday morning’s arrest of the 70-year-old singer. A 911 call was placed from McLean’s home in Camden, Maine shortly after 2AM on Jan. 18. CNN reports that as a condition of his bail, he can not contact the woman he allegedly assaulted, directly or indirectly. An arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 22.

“This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife, my children and me,” McLean writes. “What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship.”

He was released from the Knox County Jail on $10,000 bail hours after his arrest. “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.”

“American Pie” is the singer’s most well-known hit in and out of country music circles. His most notable country albums was Chain Lightning in 1978. This included a cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” that cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Country chart. There was also a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” and Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”

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