Carly Simon Admits Who 'You're So Vain' Is About
Carly Simon, the woman who stumped the world with a song about some famous jerk she wouldn’t name, is finally coming clean in an upcoming memoir called Boys of the Trees. In a recent interview with People magazine ahead of the book’s release, Simon admitted that the subject of “You’re So Vain”—as rumor has long held—is Warren Beatty. Or at least, he’s one of the subjects.
Speculation about who was implicated in the 1972 hit has included a few repeated possibilities. For a long time, the only clue Simon gave was that whoever he was, he probably thought the song was about him. (Because that's how incredibly vain this dude was!) Frequently floated possibilities have included James Taylor (Simon’s ex, whom she cleared years ago), Mick Jagger (who actually did backing vocals on the track) and David Geffen (nope).
Of course, Beatty is probably the most cited name. Simon told People, “I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren."
Which means there are still two verses about other unnamed famous guys.
In a 2007, Beatty reportedly said in an interview, “Let's be honest. That song was about me." (Not sure if Beatty has since heard that he’s only part of the story. As Simon told People, "Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!" She has previously stated that he called her and thanked her for writing a song about him.)
Simon refuses to divulge the names of the other guys and told People she probably never will, "at least until they know it's about them."