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Michelle Branch files for divorce after a cheating claim, and is arrested

Singer Michelle Branch has filed for divorce from the Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.



Just days after accusing Patrick Carney, drummer for the Black Keys, of infidelity and domestic violence, singer/songwriter Michelle Branch filed for divorce.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that a divorce petition was filed by Branch on Friday in Davidson County, Tennessee. These two musicians have been happily married for about three years.

The “Everywhere” singer has filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences,” and is seeking child support and primary custody of their two children, 6-month-old Willie Jacquet and 4-year-old Rhys James. She requests that Carney, 42, pay for both of their legal fees and states that she will allow him “reasonable parenting” time with the children. Branch, now 39, has a 17-year-old daughter named Owen Isabelle from her marriage to bassist Teddy Landau.

Parenting court is a standard court order in Davidson County, so the couple will have to go through with that too, as reported by TMZ.

A police affidavit obtained by The Times on Friday states that Branch was arrested early Thursday morning after Nashville police were called to the couple’s home for a possible domestic disturbance. Several hours earlier, Branch had tweeted that Carney had cheated on him with his manager while she was at home with their newborn daughter.


Later that day, the singer was arrested and charged with domestic assault; he posted $1,000 bond and was released. On November 11, she will have her day in court.

According to the affidavit filed in criminal court, Branch told law enforcement that she and Carney “are having marital issues and had been arguing.” The two got into an argument, and Branch later admitted that he slapped Carney “once or twice.”

Carney, 42, told police that Branch had slapped him, according to the affidavit, but he showed no signs of physical abuse. Moreover, the Metropolitan National Police Department’s mug shot of Branch, which was released on Friday, showed that she had redness under her right eye.

On Monday, The Times reached out to representatives for Branch and Carney, but did not hear back from them right away.

Branch told People and TMZ last week, “To say that I am totally devastated doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel for myself and for my family.”


The ground has been utterly yanked out from under me, and I must now devise a plan for survival. For the sake of my young children, please respect their need for space and sensitivity.

Christi Carras and Scott Wilson of the Times staff wrote parts of this article.

It was in the Los Angeles Times where I first read this story.