Michelle Branch Speaks Out on Relationship With Patrick Carney Amid Suspending Divorce Proceedings

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After filing for divorce from Patrick Carney in August, Michelle Branch has opened up about potentially working on their marriage.

In mid-August, the "Everywhere" singer filed paperwork to split from husband of three years—with whom she shares son Rhys, 3, and 6-month-old daughter Willie. The day before her filing, on Aug. 11, Branch was arrested for domestic assault after getting into a physical altercation with Carney and accused him of cheating on her in a since-deleted tweet. Now, the singer is reflecting on the current state of their relationship.

"I definitely shouldn't have taken to Twitter to say anything," she told People in a story published Sept. 14. "Here I am saying, 'Please respect our privacy,' but I'm the one who said it to the world."

Branch, who also shares 17-year-old Owen with her ex-husband Teddy Landau, explained that she's trying to be careful with the choice of her words moving forward. "I have to be respectful of the fact that I'm not the only person involved in this," she continued. "We have very small children."

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According to court documents obtained by E! News on Sept. 13, the couple agreed to hit pause on their divorce proceedings for six months. "As evidenced by the signatures below," the docs read. "The parties, Michelle Jacquet Branch and Patrick James Carney, are seeking a suspension of the divorce proceedings in this cause to effect reconciliation."

Michelle Branch, Patrick Carney
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Still, the 39-year-old admitted that defining their status at the moment is not so easy. "I'm still living in it right now," she said. "And it's still changing by the hour."

And although Branch is thankful for the outpouring support she's received from fans, the singer doesn't want Carney to face severe criticism in the wake of their circumstances. "I don't want him to be judged too harshly," she continued. "We're all human, and we all f--k up. We all make mistakes. I have nothing but love for him."

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