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Michelle Branch addresses domestic assault allegations: ‘I hit my husband’

Michelle Branch has addressed her marital issues with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and admitted she “slapped” him.

In early August, Branch was arrested by Nashville police on domestic assault charges for allegedly hitting her husband. The charges were dropped soon after.

Now in a new appearance Tamron Hallthe singer – his new album The problem with fever will be released on Friday (September 16) – has spoken out about the incident and the current status of their relationship.

“My husband and I recently started therapy, and I wish we had started six months ago,” Branch said. “It has made such a big difference in such a short time. It has helped us tremendously.”

Host Tamron Hall questioned the singer further about the police report, which included details of a “dispute” and allegations of assault.

“These aren’t allegations,” the Grammy winner replied, laughing. “I don’t condone violence. I hit my husband, not the happiest moment of my life.”

Hall then asked Branch what she had learned since starting therapy.

Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney

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“Here I am, seven months postpartum, having a baby,” Branch said. “Sleep stress, life stress, marital stress, work stress.”

The couple were married in 2019 and have two children together, Willie Jacquet Carney, seven months, and Owen Isabelle Landau, 17, from Branch’s previous marriage to Teddy Landau.

“And besides, we’d been to a birthday party that night. I’ve had a few drinks. All the blocks were so stacked that I didn’t have time to think about what I was doing,” she explained.

“And you’re like, in real time, ‘Oh, I probably shouldn’t have tweeted that. Oh, I definitely shouldn’t have let my anger get the best of me.’”

On the evening of the arrest, Branch claimed in a now-deleted social media post that Carney committed adultery while she was “at home with our six-month-old baby.”

“Our path has been untenable, so maybe this gives us the tools to have a stronger marriage than ever,” Branch added.

“We roll up our sleeves and do the work.”

Tamron Hall airs weekdays on ABC.

If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, you can call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline operated by Refuge on 0808 2000 247 or visit their website here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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