Pattie Boyd, the beauty famous for capturing the hearts of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, married her partner of 25 years – property developer Rod Weston – ending her impressive streak of rock star husbands.
“It’s almost our silver anniversary so we thought we had better get on with it,” Weston, 61, told the Daily Mail.
In her youth, Pattie, 71, was a vogue model, but since then has become a world-renowned photographer whose shots of Harrison and Clapton are among her most famous images. Boyd met Weston in 1986 in Sri Lanka while on vacation with friends; things got romantic in 1994, added the Telegraph.
After two tumultuous relationships, it seemed she was ready for something more stable, touting her beau as a “wicked bridge player” with a “great sense of humor,” and apparently more of a gentleman than Pattie’s exes. Because when someone as apparently spell-binding as Patti Boyd marries, her lucky husband better treat her right.
“I realized that I could actually stand up to a man and he wasn’t going to desert me — so I thank him for that.”
Though Boyd’s past romances sound like thing of fantasies or fairy-tales, and she ended up with rock history’s most talented musicians, the reality behind those unions was anything but pleasant. And for that reason, she must have decided that the third time she marries, it would be to someone outside the music industry.
She met the Beatle on the set of Hard Day’s Night in 1964, when she was only 20 years old. George took her to dinner, along with Brian Epstein, and then to Ireland and Tahiti. They married in 1966 and then moved to a new home called Friar Park.
“Friar Park was a madhouse. Our lives were fuelled by alcohol and cocaine.”
But in a sweet side note, Harrison wrote the touching and classic love song “Something” for Pattie. And her beauty also inspired her second husband to write not one but two songs for her.
Indeed, there must have been something about Pattie Boyd. At one point, Clapton took her husband aside for a confession: “I have to tell you, man, that I’m in love with your wife.”
Which all sounds lovely, but their relationship – which began in 1970 – was marred by alcohol and infidelity. She talked about Eric’s drug abuse and his breakdown in her 2007 memoir Wonderful Today.
At least she has his songs; both “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight” were inspired by Boyd.
“He played (“Layla”) to me two or three times, all the while watching my face intently for my reaction. My first thought was, ‘Oh God, everyone’s going to know this is about me.”
But those days are behind her now. The Vogue model wed the property developer at Chelsea Register Office on the King’s Road, her sister, friends, family, the couple’s dog, and her mother – who is reportedly very happy – in attendance.
Which proves that when a model marries for the third time, the rock stars can just stay at home.
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