For years, Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” was an anonymous screed about a man so, well, vain that the refrain of “you probably think this song is about you” became an instant way to reference someone who thinks too highly of themselves.
Simon has now revealed to People in an interview about her upcoming memoir, “Boys in the Trees,” that one of the inspirations for her hit song was none other than actor and legendary womanizer Warren Beatty.
“I have confirmed the second verse is about Warren,” Simon tells People, but “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him,” which feels appropriate considering the song’s subject material.
So in Simon’s words, Beatty “had [her] several years ago” when she “was still quite naive,” told her that he “would never leave, but […] gave away the things [he] loved and one of them was me.” Not the most flattering words.
While it’s been rumored for a long time that Beatty could be the subject of the song, what’s surprising is the idea that only the second verse is about him.
So that means that the singer has two more truth bombs she could drop in the future, though she promises People that she won’t give out their names “at least until they know it’s about them.”
Simon’s memoir is due on Nov. 24, 2015.