Don McLean, 76, goes out with model girlfriend Paris Dillon, 28, in Manchester


Don McLean and his girlfriend Paris Dillon 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 toured the city hours before Don took to the stage as part of his American Pie 50th Anniversary Tour.

Don cut a relaxed figure in gray trousers and a navy collared shirt while keeping warm in an autumnal rain jacket.

Smitten: Don McLean and girlfriend Paris Dillon stepped out in Manchester on Friday ahead of his performance at Bridgewater Hall

Smitten: Don McLean and girlfriend Paris Dillon stepped out in Manchester on Friday ahead of his performance at Bridgewater Hall

He was comfortable in a pair of gray 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 gray hoodie and a sleeveless denim jacket.

She completed her stylish ensemble with a pair of white sneakers and kept her essentials in an Urban Outfitters bag.

Paris accentuated her striking features with a glamorous palette of full-coverage makeup, with a touch of pink lipstick and light eyeliner.

Chill: The 76-year-old singer and his 28-year-old model girlfriend kept it casual as they toured the city hours before Don took to the stage for his American Pie 50th anniversary tour

Chill: The 76-year-old singer and his 28-year-old model girlfriend kept it casual as they toured the city hours before Don took to the stage for his American Pie 50th anniversary tour

She styled her dark locks loosely in natural curls, pulled back with a pair of black square sunglasses perched on her head.

The couple have been dating for nearly five years after he split from ex-wife Patricia Schnier 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 court documents.

Speaking about their romance, Don said PEOPLE last year that Paris was “the most wonderful person” he knew.

Striking pose: Paris, who is 48 years his junior, looked chic in black fitted leggings and a burgundy vest top, which she teamed with a gray hoodie and sleeveless denim jacket

Striking pose: Paris, who is 48 years his junior, looked chic in black fitted leggings and a burgundy vest top, which she teamed with a gray hoodie and sleeveless denim jacket

“Love is the most important thing you can have. You have to love someone. Hate is such a burden. It’s a complete waste of time. I love my children and I love my girlfriend. I’m crazy about her.

“She is the most wonderful person I know. I think of her when I sing a lot of my songs,” he said, adding his song And I Loved You So from his 1970 debut album Tapestry: “But I especially think of her when I sing this song.

He added: “I am honored to have her as a friend and partner and we have no plans to split up. We’ll stick together and ride this pony as long as we can.

He explained that love is what got him through the tough times, adding: “You have to be in love with something. When I’ve had bad times in my life, I’ve always loved my guitar. And now I have Paris.

Casual: Don cut a relaxed figure in gray trousers and a navy collared shirt while keeping warm in an autumn rain jacket

Casual: Don cut a relaxed figure in gray trousers and a navy collared shirt while keeping warm in an autumn rain jacket

Stepping out: Don was seen wearing a face mask as he stepped out to explore Manchester

Stepping out: Don was seen wearing a face mask as he stepped out to explore Manchester

The couple got up Instagram officially in 2016, when she posted a photo from their Thanksgiving, writing, “I’m thankful for him. Happy Thanksgiving from Don and I.”

She rose to prominence with 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 that they weren’t actually talking, but a Canadian woman named Shelley Chartier was trying to get money from Andersen.

Don was married to his ex-wife Patricia Schnier, 63, from 1987 to 2016, and they have a son, Wyatt, and a daughter, Jackie.

Love is in the air: Last year, Don told PEOPLE earlier this year that Paris was the “most wonderful person” he knew

Love is in the air: Last year, Don told PEOPLE earlier this year that Paris was the “most wonderful person” he knew

Patricia filed for divorce two months after his domestic violence arrest, citing “adultery, cruel and abusive treatment and irreconcilable differences.”

In July 2016, Don pleaded guilty to domestic violence. His lawyers said at the time that he would face a fine of just $3,000 if he stayed out of trouble for a year.

His lawyer, Walter McKee, also told DailyMail.com at the time that despite the plea, Don insisted he was not violent.

“Don has been adamant from day one that he did not do what his now ex-wife said he did,” McKee said.

“But ultimately he decided it was better to just settle the case now and be done with it by filing charges with zero jail time, zero probation and just fines.”

Romance: The pair have been dating for nearly five years after he split from ex-wife Patricia Schnier in 2016.

Romance: The pair have been dating for nearly five years after he split from ex-wife Patricia Schnier in 2016.





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