Don McLean, 76, steps out with his model girlfriend Paris Dylan, 28, ahead of his performance at Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Don McLean and his girlfriend Paris Dylan stepped out in Manchester on Friday ahead of his performance at Bridgewater Hall.
The American Pie singer, 76, and his model girlfriend, 28, kept it casual as they explored the city hours before Don was set to take to the stage as part of his 50th Anniversary of American Pie Tour.
Don cut a laid back figure in grey trousers and a navy collared shirt, while he kept warm in an autumnal rain jacket.
He kept comfortable in a pair of grey slip-on trainers and shielded his eyes with a pair of square reflective sunglasses.
Paris, who is 48 years his junior, looked chic in black fitted leggings and a burgundy vest top, which she teamed with a grey hoodie and a sleeveless denim jacket.
She completed her stylish ensemble with a pair of white trainers and kept her essentials in an Urban Outfitters tote bag.
Paris accentuated her striking features with a glamorous full-coverage make-up palette, with a touch of pink lipstick and a slick of eyeliner.
She styled her dark locks loosely in natural curls, pushed back with a pair of black square sunglasses placed on her head.
The couple have been dating for nearly five years after he split with ex-wife Patrisha Shnier in 2016.
The split came after Don’s arrest on domestic violence charges, where she accused him of ‘adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences’ in legal papers.
Speaking of their romance, Don told PEOPLE last year that Paris is the ‘most wonderful person’ he’s ever known.
‘Love is the most important thing you can have. You have to love somebody. Hate is such a burden. It’s a complete waste of time. I love my children and I love my girlfriend. I’m crazy for her.’
‘She is the most wonderful person that I have ever known. I think of her when I sing a lot of my songs,’ he said, adding of his song And I Loved You So from his 1970 debut album Tapestry: ‘But I especially think of her when I sing that song.’
He added: ‘I’m honored to have her as a girlfriend and a partner and we have no plans to ever break up. We are going to stay together and ride this pony as long as we can.’
He explained that love is what has helped him through the hard times, adding: ‘You have to be in love with something. When I have had bad times in my life, I always loved my guitar. And now, I have Paris.’
The couple became Instagram official in 2016, when she posted a photo from their Thanksgiving, writing: ‘I’m thankful for him. Happy Thanksgiving from Don & I.’
She gained notoriety for a 2017 episode of Catfish, about a 2011 incident in which she began a relationship and exchanged nude photos with 33-year-old basketball player Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen, when she was 17.
But it turned out they weren’t actually speaking to each other, but a Canadian woman named Shelly Chartier was trying to get money from Andersen.
Don was married to ex-wife Patrisha Shnier, 63, from 1987 to 2016, and they share son Wyatt and daughter Jackie.
Patrisha filed for divorce two months after his arrest for domestic violence, citing ‘adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences.’
In July 2016, Don pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault. His lawyers said at the time that he would face only a $3,000 fine if he stayed out of trouble for a year.
His attorney, Walter McKee, also toldat the time that despite the plea, Don insisted he hadn’t been violent.
‘Don has been adamant since day one that he did not do what his now ex-wife said he did,’ McKee said.
‘But in the end he decided it was better to just resolve the case now and be done with it by entering pleas with zero jail, zero probation, and only fines.’