Don McLean, wife Patrisha dismiss protection order
The protection order has been dismissed.
Don McLean released a statement early Monday morning on his website announcing that both he and his wife Patrisha have agreed “to move forward and rebuild their lives” in the wake of McLean’s domestic violence arrest. They also announced that a protection order against McLean would be dismissed, and that neither party seeks divorce.
“Don stands by his unwavering statement from the beginning that none of what was alleged in the protection order case was true,” the statement reads. “There was never any abuse or criminal conduct by Don at all. The dismissal of the protection order case will confirm that.”
The note continues: “Don is looking forward to moving beyond this and getting back to his life and his music.”
Patrisha McLean also released a statement on the matter, writing she didn’t think the order would be public. “I did not intend to define Don or our relationship based solely on the events recounted in the statement,” the statement says. “Don has a big heart. He and I had many happy times in the 30 years of our marriage and what has recently transpired is unfortunate for all of us. I would ask everyone reading this to ignore the sensationalist, scabrous headlines and focus instead on the joy that Don, and his music, has given to so many for so long.”
Don McLean was arrested last week at his Camden, Maine home on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence. “This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife, my children, and me,” McLean wrote Thursday on Twitter. “What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship… Our hearts are broken and we must carry on.”
McLean, who became famous for writing 1971’s hit song “American Pie,” is due in court in February and is still slated to perform at Chicago’s City Winery on Wednesday.