Michelle Branch has filed for divorce from Patrick Carney.
Yahoo Entertainment confirmed the filing, which took place in Tennessee on Friday. In the previous 48 hours, the “Breathe” singer publicly accused the Black Keys drummer, whom she married in 2019, of having an affair. She was also arrested for domestic violence.
Branch cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce, according to documents obtained by TMZ and Billboard. She is seeking custody of their two young children – Willie, 6 months, Rhys, almost 4 – and Carney is being given ‘appropriate parental leave privileges’. child support and for Carney to pay her legal fees.
Branch and Carney representatives have not commented on the divorce filing.
The musicians and staff tied the knot in April 2019 at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans in front of friends and family, including their 17-year-old daughter, Owen Isabelle (from a previous marriage). The following year, Branch openly shared that she had suffered a miscarriage.
Their marriage exploded last Wednesday night when Branch released and then deleted an allegation that Carney cheated on his manager while Branch was home with their baby. Soon after, early Thursday morning, Branch was arrested and charged with domestic assault. Yahoo confirmed at the time that Branch was booked at 4:30 a.m. Thursday and released at 11:38 a.m. the same day. Police were called to the couple’s home at 2 a.m. over a possible domestic disturbance, according to TMZ. Branch reportedly told police she punched her husband “once or twice” in the face. According to reports, he was not injured.
Branch, who is scheduled to appear in court on November 7, announced his split later that day.
“To say I’m completely devastated doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about myself and about my family,” she told People magazine on Thursday. “The rug was completely pulled out from under me and now I have to think about how to proceed. With children so young, I ask for privacy and kindness.”
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Over the weekend, Branch thanked her fans for sticking by her. She shared a post about her album Spirit Room, which came out 21 years ago, alongside an old photo of herself.
“Oh the things I could tell this girl,” she wrote in the caption. “I’m overwhelmed by the support.”