Who's So Vain? Carly Simon Reflects on the Loves of Her Life

The singer, whose new memoir Boys in the Trees is out next week, looks back on her tumultuous relationship with James Taylor – and on the other men in her life

01 of 07

JAMES TAYLOR

JAMES TAYLOR
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Carly Simon and Taylor met in 1971, and from their first night together, they were inseparable, she writes in her juicy new memoir, Boys in the Trees. By the time they married in 1972, "The waves defining our marriage were bigger and more turbulent than in most marriages," she says. "Our love became bipolar, switching from love to hate, lust to loathing and back again, sometimes within a day." Infidelities happened on both sides, and in 1983, the two divorced. Though they have two children together, Sally, 41, and Ben, 38, they haven't spoken "for years," Simon says.

02 of 07

WARREN BEATTY

WARREN BEATTY
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"I adored him," she says. "He tried to get me not to marry James – he said, 'He's a drug addict.' " She finally admits in her book that Beatty inspired the second verse of "You're So Vain" (she won't say who inspired the others). Does he know? "Warren," she says, "thinks the whole thing is about him!"

03 of 07

MICK JAGGER

MICK JAGGER
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"Mesmerizing. He defines the word 'charisma,' " Simon says. "Electricity. That's what it was. The electricity was raw and hardly disguising its power. We spent some evenings together at the studio where he was recording. Mick made me feel fantastic."

04 of 07

JOHN TRAVOLTA

JOHN TRAVOLTA
Peter Simon

Simon doesn't write about her time with Travolta, but the two had a six-month affair back in the day. "He was more wonderful to me than any of them," she says, comparing him to other former loves.

05 of 07

JIM HART

JIM HART
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Simon's second ex-husband is "a dear, dear man. When I have a bad day, I call him first." The two divorced in 2007 after he came out to her. "I wish I'd known that when we were married," she says.

06 of 07

CAT STEVENS

CAT STEVENS
Peter Simon

"He is just so wonderful. I just love him still," she says. "I have always loved his music, was in love with his voice."

07 of 07

RICHARD KOEHLER

RICHARD KOEHLER
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The 70-year-old singer has been with her current beau, a 59-year-old surgeon on Martha's Vineyard, for nine years. "I've always had something that men found attractive," she says. "I'm still desired!"

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