Who’s So Vain? Warren Beatty, That’s Who


Carly Simon has finally resolves a forty-year mystery—or at least part of it.

Simon admitted to People magazine that the second verse of her infamous diss track is about one of her more famous, and famously hard to deal with, exes. She wrote the following:

You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive / Well you said that we made such a pretty pair / And that you would never leave / But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me / I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee / Clouds in my coffee, and…

about actor/director/writer/producer/legendary bachelor Warren Beatty, who’s been married to Annette Bening since 1992 but was previously linked with everyone from Julie Christie to Simon to Madonna. Simon shrewdly leaked the tidbit in advance of her autobiography, Boys in the Trees, out later this month, letting slip just enough to make headlines—but staying quiet about the other two men she apparently wrote the song about.

Beatty, however, still thinks “the whole thing is about him!” Since Simon swears she won’t reveal the others, seems like he’ll go on believing.

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