New York:-‘American Pie’ singer Don McLean said on Thursday his domestic violence arrest this week stemmed from ‘the very painful breakdown’ of his long marriage and asked fans not to judge him. McLean, 70, the singer-songwriter behind tender 1970s hit songs like ‘American Pie’ and ‘Vincent,’ was arrested on Monday at his home in Camden, Maine, where he lives with his photographer wife Patrisha.–Reuters

Authorities did not give details of the incident but the Portland Press Herald newspaper on Thursday reported that his wife has since obtained a restraining order against her husband, citing long-term anger issues.