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Carole Bayer Sager on her marriage to Burt Bacharach

Larry King NowDec 07 '16

Carole Bayer Sager opens up about her marriage to Burt Bacharach, noting that she never felt secure in the relationship and that he might not be “great husband material.”

Larry King: Was the marriage to Bacharach tempestuous?

Carole Bayer Sager: Mine or Angie’s?

Larry King: Angie’s was, all right, yours.

Carole Bayer Sager: I just never felt secure, being with Burt. I felt like he enjoyed other women looking at him, and he was, when I met him, so extraordinarily handsome and I was so completely superficial that I just kept looking at him and thinking, ‘oh my God, he’s so handsome and I don’t really look like I belong with him,’ you know?

Larry King: Really?

Carole Bayer Sager: Well the first thing he ever gave me as a gift was a poster of a woman’s legs, long legs like, you know I’m 5’1” and there’s this long legged beauty’s legs and I thought, ‘what is he telling me?’ And I felt like what he probably was telling me was I should get my short, little legs out of here as soon as possible but I stayed with him. It was good at the beginning, it was really good, and I always wondered if I was his muse, and if he really needed me to write songs again.

Larry King: Why did you break up?

Carole Bayer Sager: Well he found someone else to be his newer muse who was 15 years younger than me, I was 16 years younger than Burt so look…

Larry King: Do you remain close? Do you talk?

Carole Bayer Sager: We do, and he’s been a great dad to Christopher, our son, so I can’t fault him there. I don’t think he’s great husband material, perhaps.

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