Unlike many singers who were robbed by malicious managers, Don McLean has always been a smarter person than others.
His 1971 hit, American Pie, turned him into a millionaire star. Fans have been confused for years about the elusive meaning of the song, but Don himself joked.
So, almost thirty years later, they were shocked when American Pie filmmakers asked to borrow those famous words for their film titles.
“I had trademark words like American pies many years ago,” says Don, and they basically blew me away trying to give me thousands of dollars. But I hired a lawyer, and in the end they had to pay me millions of dollars just to use those two words!My lawyer told me that if I went to court and lost, I was in debt to them about $ 40 million [£29 million]So it was a big gambling. “
His songs, covered by Madonna and Chris de Burgh, will celebrate their 50th anniversary next month, with plans to release a documentary on their famous mysterious lyrics in 2022.
Don McLean will be on a world tour next year. In addition to that, the ongoing relationship with the erotic 27-year-old Playboy model is about 48 years of his juniors (more on her later), and the 75-year-old singer said, “I’m doing things. It’s no wonder that I’m really happy with it. “
The Day the Music Died — a reference to the 1959 plane crash that killed singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “Big Bopper” JP Richardson — why the singer pushed his Chevy to the embankment (and) Why the embankment was dry), and his reason to “go to the holy shop”.
“This store was actually a music store in New Rochelle called The House of Music,” says Don. “I was a local joke,” he adds, when he started his career in his hometown of New York in the 1960s. “Everyone will say,” He thinks he’ll be a singer, haha! “—But now I have my 40-foot mural next to the New Rochelle building.
Hits such as Vincent (Starry, Starry Night), Roy Orbison’s No. 1 cover, and Crying have helped him earn an astonishing $ 150 million (£ 108 million). Still at age 75, he shows no signs of slowing down. Last month he won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to the recent cover album, Still Playin’Favorites, there are plans for a stage musical.
He will be on a world tour next year. In addition to that, the ongoing relationship with the erotic 27-year-old Playboy model is about 48 years of his juniors (more on her later), and the 75-year-old singer said: It’s no wonder they insist. ‘
Still, an extraordinary debate broke out between Don and members of his family that cast a shadow over his celebration. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in June, his 31-year-old daughter Jackie claimed mental and psychological abuse by her father, but no physical abuse.
She claimed that “there was a constant state of horror in the house about the little things that would turn my father into a crazy person.” She also likened her upbringing to life in a cult situation — “it’s this feeling that there is one person who is completely responsible and almost supernatural.”
This follows a widely reported incident when Don was arrested at his home in Maine five years ago. In her police statement, Patricha insisted: He scared me with the intensity of his anger and the madness of his eyes.
A few months later, McLean pleaded guilty to domestic violence and avoided prison as part of a judicial transaction. They divorced that year after 29 years of marriage.
From his home in Palm Desert, California, he speaks freely. When asked about an interview with Jackie, the daughter of a singer-songwriter, he says, “That’s very disappointing.” That was all the most annoying reason-because I tried to promote her new record.
A few months later, McLean pleaded guilty to domestic violence and avoided prison as part of a judicial transaction.They divorced that year after 29 years of marriage
“But she made a monkey from her mother because she always says that there was absolutely no violence, even she who is hostile to me so far.”
Patricha, who founded a domestic violence organization titled “Finding Our Voices,” adds Don. This is important, “he says. “Because my reputation is important to me.”
His ex-wife and daughter’s allegations mean that many of his achievements are now facing being hurt. Backbeat Books, which was planning to publish a children’s book inspired by his most famous song, canceled the publication in light of Jackie’s interview. “But there is another way to publish an American pie. Now it’s a parable,” he says. But this is all the ongoing revenge of my ex-wife trying to hurt everything I do.
The situation turned into an increasingly fierce public battle. In a surprising twist, Don argues: “I have something to share with you. I endured a physical attack from my ex-wife for 30 years. When that first happened, she kicked the windshield out of Mercedes-Benz. , And then I said to her, “I can’t live with you. I think you’re crazy,” and she wrote a letter and signed it.
A letter dated 1994 confirmed that she was nervously seen by a doctor and that Don was “the perfect father in every respect.” “She needed medical help for these nervous angers, but they still lasted for thirty years,” he says. “I smoked it because I’m a man-I don’t cry about things-but after the kids grew up and left, she began to get into these angers more often.
‘I said,’ I can’t do this for the rest of my life. My kids have died — it’s just me and her, and I don’t want to do that. I want to do something else in this last chapter of my life. It was a train accident.
As part of a long conversation, when I contact Patricha about these claims, she says:’This is compulsory. This is what domestic violencers do. He forced me to sign the letter. Obviously, when you’re with someone you’re abusive, you do everything you can to keep peace, and that was just part of it.
Regarding the particular accusation that she kicked the windshield, Patricha replied: “He is a convicted domestic abuser,” she repeated several times, adding that he had a ten-year detention order.
Don describes his arrest five years ago as follows: So why did he accept the accusation? “Because I was 70. I couldn’t stand it. I thought there would be a bull ***, a story, and everything else. Within a year, all the bad fees would be thrown away. Let’s do it. ”No assault or abuse was found. It’s garbage, but I’m not going to call myself a victim. It’s sad that it happens. Because I did everything on my own to be the best husband and the best father ever. “
He recently grew up in a family of physical abuse (“sister, mother, father, I was beaten a lot”) and when his child was born, “I absolutely do what my parents did. I decided not to, so I didn’t raise my hand to anyone. It makes you feel very small, scary and terrible.
His childhood was overshadowed by the death of his father when Don was 15 years old. “Everything changed when my father died,” he says. “I didn’t have a family anymore. My sister died and my mother was basically a basketball case talking about returning to my dad’s house. I didn’t want to do that, so I’m really alone at the age of 15. I was there. “
He was successful by his mid-twenties, but in 1969 his first marriage to Carol Sovion ended seven years later, and ten years later he married Patricha.
During that time, he said, “I was nervous, nervous, sometimes yelling, nervous. But I did my best. I was trying to build an empire for everyone. Nobody else in control. I didn’t, so the controls were what I had to have.
He later added: “I was a loyal husband and a devoted father. Obviously my efforts were in vain.” Was he loyal? “Completely” he claims that shortly after their marriage was over, Don took up Paris Dylan, who was hired to manage his social media.
“I knew Paris, but I didn’t see her,” he says. “And after I divorced she was meeting someone else. When she broke up from him, we got together.
“She doesn’t drink, smoke, take drugs, or have parties,” says Don. “She’s the exact opposite of what you might think. Yes, she loves to wear a bikini, but I think she’s the greatest pin-up girl in America. I always tell her. Saying, of course, it drives bananas for my ex-wife and my daughter, but I don’t care because they don’t care for me.
May he and Paris get married in the future? “I think we’ll do that. I love her and she’s for me. I don’t want her to marry a dead man, so I’m just all good for my health I want to make sure! But I feel good. “
However, the rift in his relationship with his daughter shows no signs of repair. In her interview, Jackie claimed that her father “always used money promises to control me,” but certainly the amount alleged is the finances of most fathers. It is beyond the scope of contribution.
“Last year, I stopped supporting my daughter,” he says. “I have a son who grew up in the same way. He thinks I’m a great father and I don’t have these complaints. But I said to my daughter,” You talk about me and trash me. If you throw it away, I’ll take over you. “
“And she did, and she wasn’t automatically inherited — it’s a trust fund of nearly $ 3 million down the tube. I’ve always supported my daughter — $ 30,000, $ 40,000, $ 50,000 [up to £36,000] Double your husband’s salary for a year. I wanted to make sure my grandchildren had everything they wanted. “
In addition, he adds that his wife was well cared for during the marriage. When I interviewed Don a year ago, he told me he had put about $ 600,000 in a private account for his ex-wife.
“I told her I didn’t want to be the only one to make money, so I started putting money in this account from the beginning, so she hired a lawyer or what she had to do Could do anything. She even had a black American Express card — you can buy a house with it! — With unlimited credits. I wanted to be with me because she wanted to be with me She wanted to be there. “
Patricha’s reaction is that, like almost all cases of domestic abuse, economic abuse was a very large part of our relationship. Most of what helped keep me locked up.
Patricha received $ 10 million in a divorce settlement. He says:’The empire I intended to give to my family now goes to my foundation. It’s all settled and I’m giving the Salvation Army money. “
Regarding the situation of his daughter and ex-wife, “it’s behind me now,” he says. “I’m just happy not to leave my money to people who are completely ungrateful and don’t like me. The truth has consequences. I wish my daughter and ex-wife felt this way. Goodbye. I’m done.’
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