Paul Simon is an ‘idiot’ with a ‘Napoleon complex’: Art Garfunkel doesn’t hold back as he opens up about their 45-year-old battle – and even has a dig at Sir Paul McCartney
- Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon’s feud has been well documented for years
- The pair split in 1970 after enjoying wild success as a 1960s musical duo
- Garfunkel, 73, has now claimed his former partner was an ‘idiot’ for ‘walking away from this lucky place on top of the world’
- Claimed that former Beatle George Harrison once came up to him at a party and said ‘my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you’ in a dig at McCartney
Their stormy relationship has been well documented for decades.
But rather than close the book on his feud with former bandmate Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel has thrown another jibe in his direction.
Describing the other half of his legendary musical duo, the 73-year-old has said his kindness towards Simon ‘created a monster’.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the artist said: ‘I don’t want to say any anti Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away.’
He added: ‘How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot?’
When asked whether 5ft 3in Simon had might have a Napoleon complex, Garfunkel replied: ‘I think you’re on to something. I would say so, yes.’
He said he felt ‘overshadowed’ by his partner, also 73, likening his experience with that of George Harrison in The Beatles.
‘George came up to me at a party once and said “my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you.”
‘He meant that psychologically they had the same effect on us. The Pauls sidelined us. I think George felt suppressed by Paul and I think that’s what he saw with me and my Paul.
‘Here’s the truth: McCartney was a helluva music man who gave the band its energy, but he also ran away with a lot of the glory.’
Speaking of ‘his’ Paul, he said that he took pity on his friend for being teased for his height and started being kind towards him as ‘compensation’.
‘And that compensation gesture has created a monster. End of interview.’
Simon and Garfunkel met at junior school in New York. The pair started trying to secure a record deal as teenagers and in the early 1960s released an unsuccessful debut album.
One song on the album, The Sounds of Silence, was reworked and became an instant hit.
There followed a lengthy career which produced classic records including Bridge Over Troubled Water and Mrs Robinson.
They split in 1970 after becoming embroiled in a bitter argument following the release of their seminal album Bridge Over Troubled Water.
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