There’s very little harmony nowadays between the legendary 60s pop duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, now both 73.
In a recent interview, Art bitterly questioned his longtime musical collaborator’s seeming lack of interest in working together again: “How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?”
Paul and Art in June 2010. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Art’s rant is only the latest burst in a 45-year feud where the troubled waters have long run deep. The pair’s music has thrilled fans for decades, with hits such as “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Sound of Silence” showcasing Paul’s brilliant songwriting and his vocal collaboration with the angelic-voiced Art.
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Behind the adoration and the awards, however, jealousies drove them apart, leading to a nasty breakup at the height of their fame in the early 70s. “Their relationship is like that of two brothers. There’s no doubt they care for each other very deeply, but with that closeness comes resentment and jealousy and irritation,” Victoria Kingston, author of Simon and Garfunkel: The Definitive Biography, tells Closer.
Paul and Art in March 1968. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Art’s recent tirade, an insider reveals, is due to “hurt feelings” on Art’s part over Paul’s recent tour with Sting. “He believed that should have been a Simon & Garfunkel tour,” says the insider. “But Paul holds all the cards on whether they tour together, and I think that leaves Art feeling powerless.”
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