John Devaney has blamed the breakdown of his relationship on the disruption caused by the constant chiming of the St Thomas More Catholic Parish Church bells in Rhode Island, United States.
The 64-year-old is so adamant the noise contributed to him splitting up with his long-term partner that he has decided to ask a court to order officials to reduce the frequency of the ringing.
The church, which Mr Devaney moved next door to in 1995, rejected claims the bells were too intrusive and said they had been well received in the area.
‘So many in the community have enjoyed hearing the bell for more than 10 years for but minutes a day,’ a statement read.
‘The parish believes the brief ringing of the bell is reasonable and well within its rights.
‘The parish community is saddened that a sole individual would continue personal, inappropriate attacks harassing visitors, worshippers and staff of St Thomas More Parish.’