Ahead of the release of her upcoming memoir, Boys in the Trees, Carly Simon is opening up about her unconventional childhood — and her sexual encounter with an older family friend that began when she was only seven-years-old.
“It was heinous,” the 70-year-old says of her experience with the older boy, who was a teenager at the time. “It changed my view about sex for a long time.”
Carly in 1971. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The “You’re So Vain” singer tells People she confided in her older sisters, but they didn’t believe her at the time, thinking she was just “trying to be one of the bigger girls.”
She goes on to address her complicated emotions, explaining she was devastated when her mother forbad the boy from their home one summer.
“I was devastated because I thought I was in a romance…Your libido overpowers everything,” she says. “You’re so libidinous even at the age of nine and 10. And sometimes there’s an outlet there. I bet in many more cases than we know about there is.”
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Carly further details her complicated feelings by explaining how she feared telling her psychologist of the encounter would jeopardize her “relationship.”
“I knew I had to keep it quiet. I wanted to keep it quiet because I wanted to keep it going,” she says. “And even when Dr. Frunzhaufer thought that he could get to the bottom of it with ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,’ I didn’t want to tell him. I said, ‘Yes he touched me on the chair. I was happy!’”
Boys in the Trees hits shelves on Nov. 24.