Pat­tie Boyd

Love tri­an­gle

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

The muse be­hind the Bea­tles’ Some­thing and Eric Clap­ton’s Won­der­ful Tonight, Pat­tie Boyd was the envy of women across the world when she first mar­ried Bea­tle Ge­orge Har­ri­son and then wed gui­tarist Eric.

She was a model and It girl in Lon­don in the swing­ing ’60s, and her re­la­tion­ships with both men came un­der fire as she was at the cen­tre of one of the most in­fa­mous love tri­an­gles in rock his­tory. Now the 74-year-old will spill all the de­tails when she brings her story to au­di­ences Down Un­der this week.

Pat­tie met leg­endary rocker Ge­orge on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964, the same year the Bea­tles toured Aus­tralia.

“Wives and girl­friends weren’t al­lowed on tour with the band be­cause se­cu­rity was so tight,” Pat­tie tells Woman’s Day ahead of her visit. “They found it dif­fi­cult pro­tect­ing the boys, so they didn’t want us girls on tour as well.”

Em­bark­ing on a high-pro­file ro­mance, the pair mar­ried in Jan­uary 1966. In the era of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, Pat­tie soon learned be­ing a rock-star wife wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. “Good days were great and bad days were sh*tty,” she re­mem­bers.

“Drugs and rock’n’roll – sure, but not re­ally sex. Ge­orge and I were to­gether for two years be­fore we mar­ried and I’d only had one boyfriend be­fore him, so I didn’t get much ex­pe­ri­ence with sex.”

Still mar­ried to Ge­orge, Pat­tie be­gan to at­tract at­ten­tion from an­other mu­si­cian, the cou­ple’s close friend Eric Clap­ton. “He wrote me a let­ter say­ing he was in love with me,” she says, point­ing out she turned him down.

But Eric, who would of­ten go to the pair’s home to jam with Ge­orge, de­vel­oped an ob­ses­sion with Pat­tie, pen­ning Layla, a song about un­re­quited love.

By that stage, the cou­ple’s mar­riage was on the rocks due to Ge­orge’s endless in­fi­deli­ties. “He was very charis­matic, good look­ing, charm­ing and fa­mous. It was dif­fi­cult for him to say no to girls all the time. Our life to­gether be­came a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult,” says Pat­tie.

She even­tu­ally gave in to Eric’s ad­vances, al­most de­stroy­ing the friend­ship of the two mu­sic leg­ends. Pat­tie mar­ried Eric two years af­ter her di­vorce, in 1979. “It was very sweet of Ge­orge to give us his bless­ing,” she says, adding that he even at­tended their wed­ding party.

Af­ter 14 tu­mul­tuous years of mar­riage, Pat­tie and Eric di­vorced. His prob­lems with ad­dic­tion and in­fi­delity be­came too much to bear – he fa­thered two chil­dren to two dif­fer­ent women while they were mar­ried.

“In hind­sight, I thought Ge­orge was the love of my life. But he was play­ing around the whole time – it’s so hurt­ful,” Pat­tie says.

An Evening with Pat­tie Boyd: Ge­orge Har­ri­son, Eric Clap­ton & Me, Syd­ney May 15, Melbourne May 16. pat­tieboy­d­tour.com

Ge­orge and Eric, play­ing to­gether in 1985, re­mained good friends.

MAR­RIED GE­ORGE IN 1966 Pat­tie and Ge­orge mar­ried at the height of the ’60s Beatle­ma­nia.

MAR­RIED ERIC IN 1979 She spent the ’70s with Eric but, just like Ge­orge, he proved to be un­faith­ful.

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