The Real 'Layla' Talks About George Harrison and Eric Clapton

"Life became very difficult with George and I. But I think that really and truly, our marriage had come to a natural close anyway," Boyd said. "Even though we said goodbye, it's very difficult to completely let go. I was never really sure if I'd made a mistake."

Boyd said that years later, she and Clapton saw Harrison and his new wife, Olivia, at a party.

"I went up to George and I said, 'Just tell me something, George, did I make a mistake leaving? Should we have split up?'" she said. "And he said, 'No, you did absolutely the right thing.' So that was so sweet of him to confirm it actually."

After leaving Harrison, Boyd moved in with Clapton and joined him on tour. She says in the book "What I had felt for George was a great, deep love. What Eric and I had was an intoxicating, overpowering passion. It was so intense, so urgent, so heady, I felt almost out of control."

After eight years together, Clapton's heavy drinking and drug abuse began to tear the couple apart. The final blow came when, after years of struggling with infertility, Boyd learned Clapton was expecting a baby with another woman.

But when asked whether she would go back and do anything differently if she could, Boyd said no.

"Oh, I don't think so," she said. "I don't think I could have changed anything."

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