Don McLean was arrested early Monday at his residence in Camden, Maine on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence. Now the 70-year-old musician known for the 1971 song “American Pie” has shared a message on Twitter detailing the turmoil he says his family has gone. In the posts, he asks for forgiveness.
“This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife, my children, and me,” McLean wrote Thursday morning. “What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship… Our hearts are broken and we must carry on.”
McLean continued: “There are no winners or losers but I am not a villain…” he continued. “I may never recover from this but I will try and hope to continue to entertain you all as I always have… 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.”
McLean spent several hours in Knox County Jail Monday morning before his release on bail. He is scheduled to appear in Knox County Unified Court on Feb, and he’s due to perform at Chicago’s City Winery on Jan. 27.