Pattie Boyd and George Harrison’s 11-year relationship, which began in 1964, was also reportedly filled with high-profile flings.
Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in 1966. Bettmann/Getty Images
The Beatle met model Pattie Boyd on the set of his band’s movie “A Hard Day’s Night” in 1964. They were quickly married in court in 1966 and remained together for 11 years. On the one hand, there was love—Boyd inspired The Beatles’ love song “Someday”—and on the other, there was infidelity on both sides.
The most famous affairs were between Boyd and rock star Eric Clapton (more on that later) and between Harrison and Ringo Starr’s wife, Maureen Starkey Tigrett.
The Beatles’ tour manager Chris O’Dell wrote in his 2021 book that in 1970, “[George] turned to Ringo and said, ‘You know, Ringo, I’m in love with your wife,'” according to Express. This was the last straw for Pattie, who divorced Harrison in 1974, ending in 1977.
Starr biographer Michael Seth Starr wrote, “Pattie, meanwhile, avenged George’s betrayal by returning to her modeling career, something George had always forbidden,” according to Express.
Boyd later had an affair with Ronnie Wood of The Faces (and The Rolling Stones), as the rock star told the Daily Mail in 2007. In turn, Harrison had an affair with Wood’s wife, Krissy Wood, Michael Seth. Starr Starr told the Express.
However, Boyd and Harrison stayed in touch, with Harrison even performing at Clapton’s 1979 wedding to Boyd. his death, according to Smooth Radio.
Boyd told the publication in 2022, “When I left him for Eric, he said if things didn’t work out I could always come to him. It was such a selfless and loving thing to say.”