Michelle Branch, Patrick Carney suspend divorce for now

Singer-songwriter Michelle Branch and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney will not continue their divorce proceedings — for now.

The “Everywhere” singer, who initially filed for divorce against Carney, went ahead with the official split in August amid allegations of infidelity and her arrest on domestic violence charges. (She has since been acquitted.) However, she cited “irreconcilable differences” in her divorce filing.

According to court documents filed Tuesday in Davidson County Circuit Court in Nashville, Judge Phillip Robinson signed the couple’s reconciliation order — a motion to stay their divorce proceedings intact — for six months. During this time, the musicians should seek advice. Once that is over, they will decide if they want to proceed with the divorce.

“As is evident from the signatures below, the parties, Michelle Jacquet Branch and Patrick James Carney, seek a stay of divorce proceedings in this case in order to bring about a reconciliation,” reads the signed order, reviewed by The Times on Wednesday .

“The parties may participate in counseling services to bring about reconciliation and/or resume living together as husband and wife and their actions and conduct therein shall not be construed as condoning any prior wrongdoing and any acts or actions by the parties prior to the The registration of this disposition remains and constitutes a ground for divorce.”

The musicians’ lawyers did not immediately respond to the Times’ requests for further comment on Wednesday.

Branch, 39, was arrested Aug. 11 shortly after she accused Carney, 42 a since-deleted tweet of cheating on her with his manager while she was “at home with our 6-month-old daughter,” whom she gave birth in February. She then revealed that she was “devastated” at the end of their three-year marriage.

The next morning, “All You Wanted” and “Are You Happy Now?” hit the tune. The singer was arrested and charged with domestic violence. Police officers had been called to the couple’s home, where Branch told them that she and Carney “had marital problems and had been fighting,” according to the criminal court’s affidavit. Their argument escalated and Branch admitted to punching Carney in the face “once or twice”. Neither she nor Carney were injured.

After the singer was booked, he was released on $1,000 bail. The domestic assault case was dropped on August 24 at the request of the state, and a settlement appeared to have been reached.

The musicians wed in April 2019 at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. They met at a Grammy awards party and began dating during the production of their 2017 pop-rock album Hopeless Romantic, which Carney co-wrote and co-produced.

In addition to daughter Willie Jacquet, the couple welcomed son Rhys James in August 2018. Branch also has a teenage daughter from her 11-year marriage to bassist Teddy Landau. (She and Landau finalized their split in 2015.)

Branch will release her next album, The Trouble With Fever, on Friday and Carney is currently on the Black Keys’ Dropout Boogie Tour.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-09-14/michelle-branch-patrick-carney-divorce-suspended-counseling Michelle Branch, Patrick Carney suspend divorce for now

Sarah Ridley

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