I think that he was amazingly raw at the time. He`s such an incredible musician that he`s able to put his emotions into music in such a way that the audience can feel it instinctively. It goes right through you.
It probably took me six years to get over it, with four years of psychotherapy. My self-esteem was unbelievably low, and I found it really hard to build up relationships because I had been used to difficult people. Anybody who was sweet and nice to me was no challenge.
Oh my gosh, that`s scary, ... Just lock up all the time and keep the door locked.
One Christmas, I`d cooked lunch and most people had arrived and I couldn`t find Eric. It was snowing outside, and I went out and called him, but I couldn`t find him and became concerned. I just imagined him stumbling around in the garden. Anything could have happened. (It turned out that Eric Clapton was asleep on a logpile in the basement.)
Eric Clapton showed me this packet of heroin and said: `Either you come away with me or I will take this`. I was appalled. I grabbed at it and tried to throw it away, but he snatched it back. I turned him down - and, for four years, he became a drug addict. At first, I felt guilt. Then I felt anger because it was totally irrational of him to blame me for something he was probably going to do anyway; it was very selfish and destructive.
Everybody got an awful lot from that trip, and it was a wonderful trip,
On living in Eric Clapton`s country house: "I loved living in the country; that was the best time we had. It was the most staggeringly romantic garden. There was a sadness in the house and garden, a kind of melancholy which was very Eric, in a way, and very creative."
On why she became a muse for rock stars: "Maybe it had more to do with them. Perhaps Eric Clapton just wanted what George Harrison had. I don`t know - I just think it`s amazing we`ve come through it and we`re all still alive."
They were furious because I`d bagged a Beatle! It was so frightening.
On touring with Eric Clapton in the 1970s: "Eric would just completely pass out wherever he was sitting, whether it was on the sofa or the floor, because he was saturated with drink. The realisation hit me: `This isn`t fun. He`s not having fun`."
On leaving George Harrison for Eric Clapton in 1974: "In my naivety, I believed everything was all right. He wasn`t taking heroin, which I thought was the main addiction for him. But, as it turned out, his drug of choice turned out to be alcohol."
"I was a very shy person and, I suppose, easily manipulated. Of course, it`s flattering to feel someone desperately wants you, but looking back, it`s quite uncomfortable to realise that you were the object of desire. That`s quite a passive thing to be."
On Eric Clapton`s attempts at alcoholism recovery: "It was becoming very difficult. You`d look for the part of the person you know and love, but it was hard to find. I think Eric was worried about his talent totally disappearing if he stopped drinking, which is a common idea among creative people."
On divorcing Eric Clapton: "It was the most difficult thing I ever did in my life. I loved him deeply, but knowing that he was still seeing Conor`s mother (Lory Del Santo), I felt there was no role for me. Because he loved me, he believed I would be pleased and happy for him that he had a baby. It was as if I was his best friend; that he could tell me everything without realising how deeply painful this was for me."
"When I was asking George for his (autograph), I said could he sign it for my two sisters as well. He signed his name and put two kisses each for them, but under mine he put seven kisses. I thought he must like me a little."
"I thought he was very good looking and charming." about meeting George for the first time."
"He`s very independent and he`s breaking out more and more. He`s found something stronger than the Beatles, though he still wants them to share it."
"George hardly said hello. When we started filming, I could feel George looking at me and I was a bit embarrassed."
"I just don`t want to be the little wife sitting at home. I want to do something worthwhile."
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