Don McLean’s Wife Files for Divorce Following Singer’s Arrest for Domestic Assault

by Rachel McRady 8:52 AM PST, March 11, 2016
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Patrisha McLean, the wife of "American Pie" singer Don McLean, has filed for divorce, ET confirms. The new development comes less than two months after the musician was arrested for domestic assault.

In legal papers filed on Thursday, Patrisha McLean cites "adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences" as reasons for ending the couple's 30-year marriage.

She's gained "strength and insight away from his influence and control," Patrisha McLean's attorney, Gene Libby, tells ET.

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Don McLean's attorney, Michael Asen, also tells ET, "Don is deeply saddened by the divorce and still cares deeply for his wife… He does not want this divorce, and certainly does not want to end this marriage of close to 30 years in a public fight with his wife. He was hopeful the parties could work through their differences with dignity and asks that people respect the privacy his entire family deserves."

In January, the 70-year-old singer was arrested and released on bail after Camden Police responded to a 911 call at McLean's residence in Camden, Maine.

Don McLean later spoke out on Twitter following his arrest, saying, "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."

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The singer added, "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."

The couple shares two children, Jackie and Wyatt.