After 44 years, singer-songwriter Carly Simon has finally revealed the identity of a person she was referring to in “You’re So Vain,” the 1972 hit about a self-absorbed lover that is considered to be her signature song.
“I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren,” the 70-year-old singer said in an interview with PEOPLE, speaking of multi-awarded actor Warren Beatty who she dated in the early 1970s. She added, “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!”
Back in 2007, Beatty seemed pretty certain that he was the subject of the famous song. In an interview, the “Dick Tracy” star said: “Let’s be honest. That song is about me.”
Also, earlier in 1983, Simon told The Washington Post: “It certainly sounds like it was about Warren Beatty. He certainly thought it was about him – he called me and said thanks for the song … “
However, the multi-awarded singer explained that the rest of the song is about two other men, although she didn’t reveal their identities. But will she tell them?
“Probably, if we were sitting over at dinner and I said: ‘remember that time you walked into the party and … ‘” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll do it.”
Simon was married to fellow singer James Taylor from 1972 to 1983. In the past, she has been linked to Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, David Geffen, Kris Kristofferson, and Cat Stevens.
“You’re So Vain,” which remains as the singer’s biggest hit, was ranked by Billboard as the 82nd Greatest Song of All Time and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Speculation about the identity of the man Simon wrote the song about has been so intense that in 2003, Dick Ebersol of NBC paid $50,000 to learn of the man’s identity.
The singer-songwriter is currently promoting her memoir “Boys in the Trees,” which will be released later this month.