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Paul Simon's Wife Edie Brickell Picked Him Up in a 'Yellow 1972 Pickup Truck' for Their First Date

The couple, who met in 1988 and married in 1992, open up about their relationship in the documentary 'In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon'

<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

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell have been riding in style since the beginning of their relationship.

In part two of the new documentary In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon, the 82-year-old singer says that for his “first big date” with his now wife Edie Brickell — to whom he has been married for over 30 years — he made his way to Dallas to see her. “I got off the plane, and there she was in this yellow 1972 pickup truck,” Simon says in an interview for the documentary. “I guess that was our first big date.”

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While Brickell, 58, did not meet Simon until she was 22, the “What I Am” singer says her now husband first caught her eye when she was 16. “I had an older friend, and I was flipping through her albums, and I came across this beautiful face,” Brickell recalls in the documentary. “And I had shivers down the back of my neck, and I said, ‘Look at this guy,’ and she said, ‘You don’t know Paul Simon? You’ll love his music too.'"

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<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

The duo officially met in 1988 when Brickell’s band, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, performed on Saturday Night Live. (He was 47 at the time; she was 22.) Simon, who is a longtime friend of SNL creator Lorne Michaels, was standing behind one of the cameras, and as soon as Brickell saw him she says she felt the same feelings that she did when she was 16. “I did, he shocked me,” she says about seeing him for the first time.

“I was all prepared because we’d been playing that song for two years. They said just follow the red dots on the camera, when you see the red light come on, look at that camera. I’m doing all of this, feeling pretty confident getting through it, and then I look at the center camera red light, and there’s Paul Simon standing right next to it. And everyone else has recessed in the shadows, and he is standing out like a hologram. It was like being awakened from a dream into another dream.”

The Simon & Garfunkel singer responds to the story with a laugh, saying “I didn’t mean to distract her, nor did I think for a moment that she would be paying any attention to me at all."

Brickell continues, explaining that she was so distracted by Simon that she forgot the words to the song she was singing (the band's hit single "What I Am"). “By the end of the song I am repeating myself, and you can see me spin around and say, ‘Oh my, I’m sorry!’ to the band.” After coming off the stage Simon introduced himself to Brickell. “Even then we got shushed by Lorne because Weekend Update had started and we were talking,” she recalls. “And I said, ‘We will speak at the afterparty.'”

<p>Kris Connor/Getty</p> Edie Brickel and Paul Simon perform during the 2015 Gershwin Prize ceremony honoring Willie Nelson in Washington, D.C. in November 2015

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Edie Brickel and Paul Simon perform during the 2015 Gershwin Prize ceremony honoring Willie Nelson in Washington, D.C. in November 2015

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While the duo hit it off, figuring out they had a 25-year age gap “‘shocked” them. “I don’t know who asked first ‘How old are you?’ The both of us were shocked at the answers," Simon says. "It was like a moment where we thought, ‘Well, there goes a good idea.' But then she said, ‘I am coming back to New York in a few weeks to play a club, and I said, ‘Oh, I’ll come down!’ and she said, ‘Oh great,’ so I did. Then I went down to visit her in Dallas.”

Brickell adds, “We hit it off! There was a sweet attraction.”

Three decades and three kids later, Simon and Brickell’s marriage is just as strong. “Paul inspires you to think and feel things for yourself,” Brickell says. “He opens his palms and says, ‘What are we going to do?’”

Ryan Miller/Shutterstock Edie Brickell and Paul Simon in Los Angeles in October 2017
Ryan Miller/Shutterstock Edie Brickell and Paul Simon in Los Angeles in October 2017

Simon, who was previously married to Peggy Harper (with whom he shares a son) and Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, responds: “I never met anybody like Edie. She’s very interested in the mystery — the big mystery about life. You can never solve the mystery, and that’s what’s so great about it. You don’t want to solve it. But you try to plug into it, and I follow what she’s thinking. I follow her instincts.”

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In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon is available to stream on MGM+.

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