Eric Clapton has had numerous marriages in his life, in addition to youngsters. He has been with George Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie Boyd, in addition to his present spouse Melia McEnery. However one of the vital defining moments in his life was the unhappy demise of his son Conor, which befell in 1991 – however the place was Eric when this befell?
Eric Clapton’s first spouse was supermodel Pattie Boyd, who had beforehand been married to Beatles star George Harrison.
The couple married in 1979 and tried to have youngsters collectively, attempting numerous strategies to get pregnant, together with IVF, which have been unsuccessful.
Amid these makes an attempt, Eric was abusive and frequently cheated on his spouse with numerous girls, two of whom he ended up having youngsters with.
In 1999, Clapton admitted this abuse to the New York Post, saying: “There have been occasions after I took intercourse with my spouse by power and thought that was my entitlement.
“I had completely no concern for different individuals. Everyone used to stroll round me on eggshells.
“They didn’t know if I used to be going to be indignant or no matter.
“When I’d come again from the pub I might come again completely satisfied, or I might come again and smash the place up.”
Before their eventual divorce in 1989, Eric cheated on Pattie with Italian mannequin Lory Del Santo, with whom he had a son Conor in 1986.
However, Conor’s story was to be an totally tragic one, as in 1991 the four-year-old died after falling out of an open bed room window on the 53rd flooring of a Manhattan residence constructing.
This was devastating to his father, who wrote the track Tears in Heaven about his son’s demise.
In 1999, Eric instructed 60 Minutes interviewer Ed Bradley he had seen his son the day earlier than his demise, as he was in New York on the time.
He mentioned: “When he was born, I used to be ingesting, and he was actually the chief cause that I went again to remedy, as a result of I actually did love this boy.
“I assumed, ‘I do know he is somewhat child, however he can see what I’m doing, and I’m uninterested in this.’”
Eric was not reported to have been within the residence on the time of Conor’s demise, having taken his son to the circus the day earlier than the tragic occasions of March 20, 1991.
In 2005, Eric spoke once more of the incident to Mojo journal, saying how he spent an excessive amount of the 1990s in “the weirdest relationships” as a coping mechanism.
He mentioned: “The similar could possibly be mentioned concerning the demise of my son in 1991 and me moving into the weirdest relationships for the remainder of the 90s earlier than I met my current spouse.
“I by no means noticed a connection till just lately. I used to be misplaced once more. Looking for one thing.
“Probably for mothering. Now I can see, ‘Yeah, you actually did not do very effectively popping out of that’ – though I used to be in a position to categorical it musically.’”
Other than Conor, Eric’s eldest daughter, Ruth, was born out of wedlock when he had an affair with studio supervisor Yvonne Phillips in 1985.
Yvonne was additionally married on the time, and their lovechild was saved secret for six years earlier than it turned identified to the media.
In 1998, Eric met 22-year-old admin assistant Melia McEnery at a celebration and dated her secretly for a 12 months earlier than making their relationship public.
They married in 2002 and had three daughters: Julie in 2001; Ella in 2003 and Sophie in 2005.
In 2013, Eric turned a grandfather for the primary time, together with his eldest daughter Ruth giving delivery to a son together with her husband Dean Bartlett.