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Pattie's revenge on Eric Clapton

She has been silent for 40 years. Now tempted by a £1m pay cheque, the world's most famous rock chick is set to reveal every detail of her abusive marriage to Eric Clapton

Amid the amphitheatrical splendour of Verona’s Roman arena, Eric Clapton was not a happy man. On stage in front of 15,000 adoring fans at the lavish open-air venue this week, he was plagued by the draining summer heat and a particularly persistent mosquito.

"As he’s become older he gets miserable when it’s too hot," says a member of the 61-year-old rock star’s entourage. "He was bothered by the flies and his glasses kept steaming up." Clapton’s misery as he performed his classics Layla and Wonderful Tonight might also have been due, in part at least, to the woman about whom he wrote his two most famous love songs.

Holed up in her 17th-century cottage in the West Sussex countryside, Pattie Boyd, Clapton’s ex-wife and the woman he stole from Beatle George Harrison, is working feverishly on her autobiography.

The book, which will see Boyd finally break her 40-year self-imposed silence over her marriages to two of the biggest music stars of the 20th century, was described to the Mail by a publishing source this week as ‘full and frank’.

In other words, in exchange for her rumoured £950,000 advance, ex-model Pattie will be expected to dish the dirt about the sex, drugs and infidelities in her relationships with both the legends.

And to use the vernacular, 62-year-old Boyd certainly knows where the bodies are buried. Worse still for Clapton, her tome will go head-to-head in a sales war with his own forthcoming (and, it is rumoured, highly sanitised) £3.5 million life story. No wonder the guitar king is feeling the heat.

Pattie’s account of her life with Clapton is sure to tarnish his image as one of rock’s gentlemen. Particularly as, the Mail has learnt, she intends to lay bare the bizarre details of how the singer agreed to swop his own girlfriend for Pattie as a trade-off with George Harrison.

She is also said to be planning to tell the full story about dark rumours that during their nine-year marriage, Clapton, battling an addiction to drink and drugs, was an abusive and violent husband who cheated on her with a string of women because she couldn’t bear him children.

None of which is likely to make comfortable reading for the star — nicknamed Slowhand because of the speed of his hands on the guitar — who has become a father to three young daughters late in life thanks to his happy, five-year marriage to American-born former waitress Melia McEnery, 32 years his junior.

To compound his problems, Pattie’s memoirs come at the same time that another lover, Italian Lori Del Santo, whose four-year-old son with Clapton, Conor, died when he fell from a New York skyscraper, is penning her own version of events, which will allege that Clapton dispatched an aide to persuade her to have an abortion when he discovered she was pregnant.

Hardly surprising, then, that the veteran rocker, who is already worth £130 million, is said by associates to be rueing his decision to accept the payday offered by publishers Random House for his musings on his life and hugely successful career.

"He realises he has opened a can of worms with Pattie and Lori," a source close to him told the Mail this week. "He is not too concerned about Lori, but he never thought Pattie would reveal the secrets of their marriage.

"He comes out of it pretty badly, but the truth is he should have let sleeping dogs lie and never agreed to do this book. He knows he’s only got himself to blame." Indeed, friends of Pattie reveal she decided to sign her own publishing deal with Headline Books only because she was angry that Clapton had broken his vow not to speak about their marriage. Already, she has employed Prince Charles’s biographer Penny Junor to help her write it.

Meanwhile Clapton’s publishers are said to be furious over the news that Pattie’s book will go directly up against his own when they both hit the shelves in the autumn of next year. As one who has been researching their lives for several years for my own book on Clapton, I can say without hesitation that Pattie’s is one of rock’s great untold stories. Not only was she the muse for Clapton’s finest work, she inspired first husband George Harrison to pen the beautiful Something for her.

The public school-educated daughter of an RAF pilot, Pattie was a 20-year-old model when she was chosen to make a fleeting appearance in the 1964 Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night. The well-bred trophy girl caught the eye of bus driver’s son Harrison and the couple married in 1966. It was the blonde and toothy Pattie who spawned Harrison’s interest in eastern culture and introduced The Beatles to the Indian mystic the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968.

But it is her description of her relationship with another Beatle, John Lennon, that will be most fascinating. Rumours abound among those who surrounded the group that Lennon and Pattie enjoyed a brief fling during her marriage to George.

What is certainly true is that Lennon shared with his friend Mick Jagger a sexual obsession with Pattie, which he documented in a series of graphic diary entries.

Indeed, the blatant flirting between John and Pattie at a party at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel in December 1968 led to singer Lulu stepping in to remonstrate on behalf of Lennon’s long-suffering wife Cynthia. Not that Harrison, despite his conversion to mysticism, was above the more earthly pleasures himself.

He enjoyed an affair with Ringo Starr’s wife Maureen Starkey during their marriage and his bed became familiar to a rotating band of groupies known as the ‘Apple Scruffs’ because they would hang around outside the group’s Apple Corps headquarters on London’s Savile Row.

But it was Pattie’s relationship with Clapton that was to wreck her marriage to George. She and Harrison met the guitarist, then with Sixties supergroup Cream, at a party in Chelsea in November 1968.

The two men became immediate best friends, but Clapton, who was living with his teenage girlfriend Alice Ormsby-Gore, the daughter of Lord Harlech, fell passionately for the lovely Pattie.

When she rejected his entreaties for her to leave Harrison for him, he wrote the tortured love song Layla for her. Eventually, as George became more and more obsessed with the teachings of his new spiritual guru, Pattie fell into Eric’s arms. They continued their affair behind George’s back, even disappearing for trysts in an upstairs cupboard during candlelit games of hide and seek with an unsuspecting George at his huge Gothic mansion, Friar Park in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

It was not Pattie’s first affair either. In the early Seventies, Harrison and guitarist Ronnie Wood, who would go on to join the Rolling Stones, negotiated a wife swop, with Pattie escorting Wood on holiday to the Bahamas while George took Ronnie’s then wife Krissy to his rented villa in Portugal.

Harrison finally twigged that Clapton had ‘done it’ with his wife when he arrived at a party at the home of his then manager Robert Stigwood in Stanmore, Middlesex, to see his best friend and Pattie acting like husband and wife. Clapton, who by then was living with model Cathy James, confessed his affair with Pattie to George and told him bluntly that he wanted her for himself. Harrison’s reaction was unexpected. He told Clapton: "Whatever you like, man." Then added: "You can have her and I’ll have your girlfriend."

Pattie fled in tears, but finally in 1974 she left George and moved into Clapton’s Italian-style villa Hurtwood Edge in the Surrey stockbroker belt. Astonishingly, the two men remained great friends.

But Clapton’s drinking and drug taking — not to mention his constant philandering — was soon taking its toll on his relationship with Pattie. By the time of their 1979 wedding in Tucson, Arizona, the guitarist was in the midst of a monumental addiction to cocaine. Just days before he asked her to marry him, he had begun a fling under Pattie’s nose with one of her best friends. She constantly forgave his affairs and his drinking sessions, which would start at 8am and last all day. But in 1982 she persuaded the star to check into the Hazelden Foundation drying-out clinic in Minnesota.

Part of his therapy was to read out a questionnaire filled out by Pattie which chronicled the abuse she suffered at his hands while he was in the grip of his addictions. Clapton was forced to admit to his fellow patients that he had beaten her up and forced her to have sex with him.

His behaviour led Pattie into her own battle with the bottle. Hardly surprising, then, that to this day she prefers to forget another song he wrote about her called The Shape You’re In, which chronicles her own alcoholism.

But it was Pattie’s inability to have children that proved the death knell for their marriage. Like Harrison before him, Clapton was keen to start a family, but despite fertility treatment she suffered a series of miscarriages. Meanwhile, Clapton began an affair with studio sound assistant Yvonne Kelly while recording in Montserrat in 1985, and she gave birth to his daughter Ruth.

Pattie was kept in the dark about the baby. But when beautiful television presenter Lori Del Santo, with whom he had begun a tempestuous affair, presented Clapton with a son, Conor, a year later, Pattie moved out. Clapton gave up drink for good, but the couple eventually divorced in 1988.

Pattie has consistently refused big money offers to tell her story about her relationships with the two rock stars, and remained on good terms with George until his death from cancer in 2001. Likewise, she stayed in touch with Clapton after their divorce and even attended the funeral of Conor in 1991.

But friends say she has never fully recovered from his treachery and went into psychotherapy in a bid to come to terms with the collapse of their marriage.

Nor, they say, was she ‘made for life’ by their divorce settlement and is wont to tell friends, who ask her how it feels to have been the inspiration for some of the most touching love songs of all time, that she would have preferred the royalties.

It is said only partly in jest and she maintains that she had to find a job after her split from Clapton.

Today, she makes a living from photography and currently has an exhibition in London of her shots of her showbusiness friends. She has never remarried and lives alone with her cat following her split last year from long-term lover Rod Weston, a property developer.

A friend explains: "Pattie always said that she would never write her book despite hundreds of offers and she always said she was very keen to protect George’s memory.

"But quite honestly she was very annoyed when she heard that Eric had decided to write his own book. Her publishers will, of course, love the fact that both their books, with their different recollections of the same events, will be coming out at the same time."

Christopher Simon Sykes, who is ghost-writing Clapton’s book, told the Mail: "It is always difficult when you get two people’s version of the same story. He is telling his story, Pattie is telling hers.

"I spoke to Pattie last month and she told me she is saving her own memories for her own book, but she didn’t tell me when it would be coming out. I suppose it will concentrate Eric’s mind."

He also admitted that Clapton has insisted on censoring his version of rock history. "Eric is not going to lay open his whole life," Sykes said. "There will be things he will keep private, because he says he doesn’t want his entire life laid bare to the public. He will choose what he doesn’t say himself.

"Eric and I are about half way through the book and haven’t really got to Pattie yet, but he is incredibly generous about her." Time will tell if Clapton feels so well disposed to his ex once he reads the no-holds-barred revelations of the woman he immortalised in song. In the meantime, just like during this week’s performance, he’ll have to keep sweating.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 12:29 PM
Eric Clapton is to become a father for the fifth time at the age of 59.

His 28-year- old American wife Melia McEnery is due to give birth in January, only two months before the musician celebrates his 60th birthday.

Clapton revealed the news as he accepted a CBE for services to music at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

The couple, who married three years ago, already have two daughters - Julie Rose, three, and Ella Mae, who is two in January.

Clapton also has a 19-year-old daughter, Ruth, by previous partner Yvonne Kelly.

His son Conor died at the age of four in 1991 when he fell from a window of Clapton's Manhattan apartment.

The guitarist, who is nicknamed Slowhand, wrote the song Tears In Heaven as a tribute to the little boy.

Clapton, who was presented with his award by the Princess Royal, described it as the "icing on the cake" of his career.

"I used to have a rebellious streak in me," he said. 'As a kid I would not have been able to accept this. I was very immature about the way I looked at that. I was against the Establishment.

"Now I have grown up, I really think it is an important thing to be able to set an example of some kind.

"To say, 'I did this all my life because I loved it" and to be recognised for that in this part of my life is good. It makes me feel like I have grown up in a way.

"I remember when the Beatles gave theirs back. At one time of life I probably would have identified with that, but I don't now."

Clapton, who was awarded an OBE in 1994, said he felt his latest honour was a recognition not just for his musical accomplishments, but for the work he had done to support drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes.

"It is some kind of affirmation," he said. "I am a real royalist too - I have the greatest of respect for the Royal Family. It is a great thing for me."

Clapton first found fame in the 1960s as a member of the Yardbirds, before going on to achieve even greater international acclaim with Cream.

He recorded his most famous song, Layla, with his band Derek and the Dominos, and followed that with a string of hugely successful solo albums through the 1970s and 1980s.

Clapton is one of a growing band of showbusiness stars who choose to become fathers at an age when other men are content to be grandfathers.

Sir Paul McCartney was 61 when his daughter, Bea, was born last year, while Des O'Connor was 72 when his fifth child, Adam, arrived in September.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 12:48 PM
Never realized George was such a wild man. Some great dirt in these books, but I'll pass.
 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 01:01 PM
Maybe he's called 'Slowhand' because he doesn't need to use it that often.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 01:34 PM
The saga continues, the greatest love story in the history of Rock and Roll takes another turn. I've always been intrigued by Pattie, she was an inspiration, even a compulsion, to two very creative personalities--she must be somewhat interesting, I'd love to have lunch with her. I would like to know her thoughts on the whole Layla project--not the music, per se--but the concept of Eric dealing with her rejection, trying to woo her through the project. VH1 did a documentary, I believe the series is called Behind the Music, on EC a while back. When talking about the album and looking at the pictures inside, he comments about the passion of the project, about how they were all caught up in it.

Had there been no Pattie Boyd, I wonder what Derek would have been doing this summer.

 
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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 01:38 PM
See, this kind of stuff is why I haven't written my memoirs.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 01:49 PM
"She has never remarried and lives alone with her cat following her split last year from long-term lover Rod Weston, a property developer. "

Wow, imagine the Rod Weston updates we are going to get ...
Can't wait ...

 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 04:05 PM
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"She has never remarried and lives alone with her cat following her split last year from long-term lover Rod Weston, a property developer. "

Wow, imagine the Rod Weston updates we are going to get ...
Can't wait ...


Cool, she's available!!

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 06:10 PM
most of this is common knowledge
 
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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 06:20 PM
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See, this kind of stuff is why I haven't written my memoirs.
Yeah, but we'll find "Pattie Nitelite" yet, and she'll dish!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 06:32 PM
Pattie's book sounds a lot more honest and interesting than Eric's is gonna be.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 07:00 PM
I'll wait for the movie.
 

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  posted on 7/21/2006 at 08:52 PM
Artists are just people. Almost everybody has been an a$$hole at one point of their life. Artists might indulge that side more often, but I don't think they are necessarily more prone, just can get away with it. Don't we already have a thread like this about Dickey?

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 12:44 AM
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Don't we already have a thread like this about Dickey?


Dickey was married to Pattie Boyd ? Who knew !

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 07:27 AM



or was it Clapton and Dickey?

 

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or was it Clapton and Dickey?


At the Beacon.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 12:42 PM
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Yeah, but we'll find "Pattie Nitelite" yet, and she'll dish!


Yikes! Now I'm gonna have to spend all day at the shredder....

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 02:42 PM
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Had there been no Pattie Boyd, I wonder what Derek would have been doing this summer.


hhhhmmmm.....

I think I know what Derek would be doing this summer and it ain't playing with Eric Clapton.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 04:17 PM
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Pattie's book sounds a lot more honest and interesting than Eric's is gonna be.


There was actually a biography written about him before with his support. I believe the title was as simple as "Clapton". He provided lots of dirt on himself actually. Also provided his diary to be printed in his handwriting. hard to make out at times but very interesting. So much stuff is common fact anyway that I doubt he would try and reinvent history. Although I guess there are always two sides to the story.

You would think "Hollywood" would have used this story for a movie by now.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 07:58 PM
PATTIE THEN:




PATTIE AS ART:




PATTIE NOW:





[Edited on 7/23/2006 by nlitndrog]

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 08:15 PM
At least she has the smarts to use Nikons.

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 08:26 PM
An aside on the Layla cover: For years I couldn't figure out why a dolphin with cotton balls stuck to its head was painted in front of Layla/Pattie. When I mentioned this to my daughter one day, she rolled her eyes and sighed, "Dad, it's a bouquet of flowers...."

(If this were a Rorschach test, I'm not sure what my results mean--other than I'm an idiot, that is!)

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 09:15 PM
When I read those sordid details I wondered, didn't any of those people have aconscience? Or was it the drugs and alcohol? But even with that they had to be sober some of the time.
 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 11:46 PM
'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'

 

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  posted on 7/22/2006 at 11:53 PM
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'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'


The full quote is ""Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned / Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." It's from a play called the "The Mourning Bride" (1697) by William Congreve, a contemporary of Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope.

 

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