The Dixie Chicks announced their first album in 14 years along with the new track “Gaslighter”, which was clearly inspired by Maines’ nasty divorce from Pasdar.
In the song, Maines sings about a person gaslighting her in a relationship. The lyrics include the line, “Gaslight, big timer. Repeating all of the mistakes of your father.”
The song turned personal when Maines sang “We moved to California and followed your dreams. I believed the promises you made to me. Swore that night ‘till death do us part. But you lie-lie-lie-lie-lied Hollywood welcomed you with open doors. No matter what they gave you, you still wanted more.”
In real life, Maines moved with Pasdar to California for him to be closer to Los Angeles for his career. She references their nasty split saying, “You thought I wouldn’t see it if you put it in my face. Give you all my money, you’ll gladly walk away.”
Maines alludes to a situation with Pasdar that happened on a boat singing, “’Cause, boy, you know exactly what you did on my boat. And, boy, that’s exactly why you ain’t comin’ home. Save your tried story for someone else. ‘Cause their lie-lie-lie-lie-lies”
She continues, “Tried to say I’m crazy. Babe, we know I’m not crazy, that’s you” and “Gaslighter, you broke me. You’re sorry, but where’s my apology? Gaslighter, you liar.”
Back in December, Maines & Pasdar finally settled their divorce after fighting for over two years. Pasdar fought Maines hard for her to pay him spousal support and to void the prenuptial agreement they signed. He claimed he signed it under duress and believed he was entitled to more than the agreement.
At one point, Pasdar demanded monthly support of $40,7076 a month in spousal and $16,427 for child support. He requested an additional $361,494 in retroactive child support and $350,000 in legal fees. He claimed Maines was worth over $50 million and made $2 million a year.
— The Chicks (@thechicks) March 4, 2020