Who Is Don McLean's Girlfriend? All About Paris Dylan

Don McLean and Paris Dylan confirmed their relationship in 2018

Photo: Paris Dylan/Instagram

Don McLean and Paris Dylan have raised eyebrows among fans after confirming their relationship in 2018, despite their 48-year age gap.

The model first posted a photo on Instagram with the "American Pie" singer-songwriter on social media shortly before Thanksgiving on Nov. 24, 2016. The pair were then romantically linked in March 2018 when they were spotted out and about in the U.K. together during McLean's world tour.

However, it wasn't until Dylan posted a birthday tribute to McLean on Oct. 2, 2018, that the couple became Instagram official.

"Happy birthday my baby, my beauty, love of my life, my everything," she captioned the photo of the two smiling and hugging.

A few weeks later, on Oct. 28, she also shared an image of the two standing in front of the Eiffel Tower during a trip to Paris, calling the excursion "a dream," followed by a heart emoji. McLean echoed her sentiments, posting the same photo of himself and Dylan on Twitter.

So, who is Don McLean's girlfriend? Here's everything to know about Paris Dylan and her relationship with the musician.

She appeared on Catfish

Don McLean and Paris Dylan
Paris Dylan Instagram

Dylan has had a few appearances on the MTV reality series Catfish. She first appeared on the show after discovering her photos were used to catfish others. Then, on an episode in April 2017, it was revealed that a then-17-year-old Dylan (known at the time as Paris Roxanne or Paris Dunn) was the victim of another catfishing incident in 2011 involving the then-33-year-old basketball player Chris "Birdman" Anderson, where nude pictures were exchanged. They discovered that they were not speaking to each another — but to a Canadian woman named Shelly Chartier, who was the culprit behind the elaborate scheme.

According to The Blast, Chartier posed as Anderson when exchanging messages and photos with Dylan and, in turn, attempted to extort money from Anderson by threatening to release the intimate snaps of Dylan, who was underage at the time.

Chartier was arrested and pled guilty in 2015 to seven counts of fraud and other crimes and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Upon Chartier's release, Dylan appeared on Catfish again out of fear that Chartier would continue her fraudulent antics.

She has the travel bug

Don McLean and Paris Dylan
Paris Dylan Instagram

"My girlfriend and I love to travel," McLean told PEOPLE.

Dylan and McLean traveled in Europe together during McLean's spring tour.

She posted pictures from the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Versailles from their trip to France. She also made stops in Norway, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

She previously jetted to Israel and said she "would love to go back."

She is a music fan

Dating a music icon has introduced Dylan to some new tunes, as she's revealed on Instagram.

"Appreciation post: I've always known about the Kingston Trio but I never truly appreciated their music," she wrote in October 2018. "Don listens to them a lot and I slowly started really understanding their beauty. These guys are AMAZING! I love Nick Reynolds.. my favorite songs include One More Town and Bimini. I love you Kingston Trio."

She has also expressed her love of The Zombies and has met Ed Sheeran, Van Morrison and Roger Daltrey.

Her sister is a race car driver

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Paris Dylan/Instagram

Dylan's sister, Courtney Crone, won the FormulaSPEED 2.0 class in the Formula Car Challenge Series in 2018. According to Crone's website, she also wants to compete in the IndyCar Series.

"She never ceases to amaze me in EVERY WAY," Dylan wrote on Instagram.

She was a passionate dog mom

Dylan often shared cute snapshots of her chihuahua, Tiki, on social media. However, her dog died in April 2022. Three months later, she was still mourning the loss. "I don't know how I've even lasted these 3 months," she wrote on Instagram. "Thank god for Don and my family, or I honestly don't think I'd of been able to."

McLean is smitten with her

Despite their age difference, McLean has made it clear that their relationship is no mere fling.

"You have to love somebody," he told PEOPLE. "Hate is such a burden. It's a complete waste of time. I love my children and I love my girlfriend. I'm crazy for her."

He added, "She is the most wonderful person that I have ever known. I think of her when I sing a lot of my songs. But I especially think of her when I sing that song," referring to his acclaimed single "And I Love You So," which shot to popularity after Elvis Presley covered it.

He credited Dylan for helping him get through low points in his life. "When I have had bad times in my life, I always loved my guitar. And now, I have Paris," he said.

She's never publicly spoken about McLean's domestic violence charge

McLean was arrested at his Maine home in 2016 on domestic violence charges from an incident involving his then-wife Patrisha Shnier. He subsequently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief, and criminal restraint. These charges were dismissed in July 2017 as part of a deferred disposition.

In 2019, a student group at UCLA awarded and then immediately rescinded the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement due to the domestic violence conviction.

She supports McLean's career achievements

Don McLean and Paris Dylan pose as Musician Don McLean Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 16, 2021 in Hollywood, California
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Dylan was on hand to support McLean when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2021.

"Proud is an understatement … Donny deserves the world and more ..." she wrote on Instagram. McLean's star is on the corner of Hollywood and Vine.

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