Art Garfunkel is speaking out on Paul Simon — and it’s not pretty. In an interview with The Telegraph posted on Sunday, Garfunkel revealed that his estranged musical partner has a Napoleon complex and that he initially befriended him because he felt sorry for him over his height. He also talked about the famed folk rock duo’s notorious split—at the height of their success—after the release of their history making 1971 album “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
“It was very strange. Nothing I would have done,” Garfunkel said of the duo’s acrimonious break up. “I want to open up about this. I don’t want to say any anti Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead. Crazy.” While Garfunkel admitted that he wanted to take a rest from Paul because he was getting on his nerves, he never meant it to be a permanent thing.
Garfunkel also slammed Simon’s jealousy over the fact that audience thought he had written their famous song “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Garfunkel sang the hit song as a solo, but Simon wrote the famous single. “How many songs did I sing upfront and have a real tour de force of vocal?” Garfunkel pointed out. “Does he resent that I had that one? I find that ungenerous.”
Garfunkel also agreed that his ex pal may have a bit of a Napoleon complex, revealing that he originally befriended him as a teen because he felt sorry for him over his short stature. “And that compensation gesture has created a monster,” he said.
Still, Garfunkel didn’t rule out another tour with Simon, explaining that when they get together, it’s 1971 all over again. Garfunkel said as far as he’s concerned, they need to reunite for another tour while they’re both still alive. But then he lashed out on his former friend, who went on to have a successful solo career: “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?” he said.
While there has been much talk over the duo’s split, a documentary about the estranged pair revealed the real reason behind their breakup. According to The Hollywood Reporter , Simon and Garfunkel called it quits after a falling out over a movie role in Mike Nichols’ 1970 flick “Catch-22.” The rift occurred after both men were offered roles in the film, but Simon’s role was cut.
Since their 1971 split, the duo has reunited several times, most famously for the 1981 concert in New York’s Central Park. The duo’s most recent tour was canceled in 2010 due to Garfunkel’s vocal cord paresis, but last year he told Rolling Stone that he’d gladly work with Paul Simon again, although Simon seems to be “too busy” to work with him.
“It takes two to tango,” Garfunkel said on working with Simon. “I don’t want to be the blushing bride waiting for Paul Simon to walk down the aisle. .I know that audiences all over the world like Simon and Garfunkel. I’m with them. But I don’t think Paul Simon’s with them.”