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Carly Simon Reveals Who ‘You’re So Vain’ Is Written About — OK, Not the Whole Song, but the Second Verse

Nov 19, 2015  •  Post A Comment

One of the most enduring mysteries in popular culture has been who provided the inspiration for the 1972 Carly Simon hit “You’re So Vain.” Now Simon has revealed one key piece of the puzzle.

Simon has said that the song is written about a composite of three different men in her life. In a new interview with People magazine, she says the second verse is about actor Warren Beatty.

Beatty has long been one of the main subjects of speculation about the song — along with other men Simon famously dated, including Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens and Jack Nicholson.

Simon has said the song is not about James Taylor, who was married to Simon around the time she wrote the song.

Simon, 70, gave the interview to People as she’s out promoting her upcoming memoir, “Boys in the Trees.”

She says Beatty knows he’s a subject of the song, but she added: “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him.”


  1. Damn. And I thought it was John Mayer.

  2. Didn’t she reveal a few years back this was about David Geffen?

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