Paul Simon's Wife Edie Brickell Recalls Being Warned Not to Date Him in New Documentary: 'He's Arrogant'

"They made it seem like Paul victimized him," Brickell says of the media's response to Simon and Art Garfunkel's split. "But that’s not what happened”

<p>Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Online USA, Inc./Getty</p> Edie Brickell and Paul Simon in New York City in May 1999

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Edie Brickell and Paul Simon in New York City in May 1999

Paul Simon found true love with his longtime wife Edie Brickell, but it came with a warning.

In the first part of the new documentary In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon — which premiered last Sunday — Brickell, 58, says she was told to stay away from Simon, 82, in the early days of their relationship.

“When I first started dating him somebody warned me, ‘Don’t date him, he’s arrogant,'” Brickell recalls. “And I said, ‘How do you know? You don’t know him. It’s from the media.'”

In Brickell's view, the media's misconceptions about the Simon & Garfunkel singer-songwriter went beyond his personality. “In terms of Art Garfunkel, they made it seem like Paul victimized him,” the Edie Brickell & New Bohemians frontwoman says of the reaction to Simon & Garfunkel's 1970 split. “As opposed to the truth being that the guy walked away to pursue a different kind of career. Everybody looked at it as, ‘Oh, Paul went off to do Paul,’ but that’s not what happened.”

<p>Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic</p> Paul Simon and Edie Brickell in New York City in March 2016

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Paul Simon and Edie Brickell in New York City in March 2016

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During part one of In Restless Dreams, Simon details what went wrong between him and Garfunkel, 82. From the start, Simon says, "We had an uneven partnership because I was writing all of the songs and basically running the sessions."

It wasn't until Garfunkel was offered the opportunity to appear in the 1970 film Catch-22, though, that things between the pair really started to fall apart. "Artie said, ‘Yeah, the way it’s going to be is that I will do movies for six months, then I’ll come back, you’ll have written the songs, and we will do the album,’ and I thought, ‘Yeah? Actually, no. That’s not gonna happen. I am not gonna do that,’” Simon recalls.

Ultimately, Simon explains, Garfunkel's choice to leave and star in a movie "was a recipe for the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel.” He adds: “That was a good friendship. That was a real first friendship of somebody that got it. For me, to turn into a person that I hope I never see again — that’s a long way.”

Simon and Brickell tied the knot on May 30, 1992, on Long Island, New York, in a small, intimate ceremony. Simon was previously married twice before, to Peggy Harper from 1969 to 1975 and to actress Carrie Fisher for six months from 1983-1984.

Since getting married more than 30 years ago, the couple have welcomed three children together: Adrian Edward, born in December 1992, Lulu, born in April 1995, and Gabriel Elijah, born in May 1998. Simon also shares a son, Harper — born in September 1972 — with his first wife.

<p>Lulu Simon Instagram</p> From left: Adrian Simon, Lulu Simon and Gabriel Simon

Lulu Simon Instagram

From left: Adrian Simon, Lulu Simon and Gabriel Simon

Lulu, who is a singer like her parents, opened up to PEOPLE in 2019 about her experience growing up in a musical family. “We used to make up songs as we were walking through Central Park, or in the bath,” she said. “We would always just write music.”

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Over three decades and three kids later, Brickell continues to defend Simon’s character. “Paul has a way of looking at everyday life and making it poetic, and he doesn’t put on a caricature in order to express himself,” she says in the first episode of the documentary. “But that also makes him vulnerable. I think it sometimes has made him misunderstood.”

Part one of In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon is available to stream on MGM+. Part two premieres on Sunday, March 24.

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