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Singer from the 70s now in his 70s and heading for divorce

Few Colorado residents over the age of 35 are unfamiliar with the song "American Pie," which was written and sung by Don McLean. A product of the 1970s, the tune has been widely covered and is a long-time classic. McLean is making headlines once again, but not in connection to his musical career. The 70-year-old is headed for divorce court after his wife of 30 years filed to end their marriage. He is also accused of domestic violence, which may play a role in the divorce.

McLean's wife called police last January to report a domestic violence incident. McLean was arrested, and his wife later told the court that he had "terrorized" her for a period of time before police arrived. She also asserts that he pressed his hands against the sides of her head until she was in serious pain. She was granted an order of protection by the court.

In filing for divorce, she listed irreconcilable differences, adultery and cruel and unusual treatment as her reason for seeking an end to the union. McLean has used social media to speak out about the case, stating that his wife has "chosen" to portray their marriage in a distorted manner. He claims that the couple raised two children together in a happy home, and asks the public to refrain from judging him based on media coverage of the case.

As the divorce moves forward, Colorado readers may learn more about the domestic violence claims. Unless the couple settles on their own, the divorce could become a focus for the media, especially if salacious or unusual details arise during the proceedings. If nothing else, the case may shed light into the lifestyle that writing and performing one huge hit can sustain over several decades.

Source: People, "'American Pie' Singer Don McLean's Wife Files for Divorce: 'She Has Chosen to Characterize Our Relationship in a Completely Distorted and Untrue Manner'", George Stark and Chris Harris, March 10, 2016

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