He started off with a group of bands then delved later into a solo career after the world already knew him as a music genius. Music became a part of him from his childhood days as he grew in a musical home. He discovered his love for booze in college and also got his first electric guitar there. After his first drunken experience, he could not wait to have a taste of it again and that was how he got hooked on alcohol.
Date of Birth: March 30, 1945
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Despite his matchless career, his private life remained in utter disarray for a long time until he finally made a U-turn got better. Read on to know about every member of his family and the roles each of them has played in the life of the world renowned guitarist.
Patricia Molly Clapton (mother)
She was sixteen when her son was born and teenage pregnancies were still uncommon at the time. She was finding it hard with living with a baby and when Edward left, things only got worse. She was lost as to what to do with a baby boy so she resorted to sending her baby over to her own parents and her son eventually saw her as his sister. The skilled guitarist grew up with the thought that his mother’s parents were his birth parents until he knew better when he was almost nine years old.
Edward Walter Fryer (father)
Year of Death: 1985
Fryer met Patricia while he worked as a war soldier in United States. They soon got intimate and Eric was born. His relationship with Molly was short lasting and he went back to his home country Canada where he already was married to another woman. Though he was absent as a father, Walter also was musically inclined as he played several dance bands while in Surrey. Clapton never got to meet his father until he died in 1985 from leukaemia.
Fast Eddie Fryer (half-brother from father side)
Eddie is a Vancouver-born singer and was born to Fryer when returned to Canada. Like his wealthy brother, he also had his episode with alcohol and drug addiction but was not as lucky as his brother. While Eric was able to come clean and seek help, Fast was not so wealthy and had to work in a construction company to make more money. Today, his health is deteriorating rapidly and he blames some of it on the dust he inhaled while a construction worker. He is also positive that he would one day meet his legendary brother and maybe even play together.
Eva Jane Fryer (half-sister from father side)
The only daughter of Ms. Colson and Mr. Fryer, Eva Jane Fryer, lives 30 kilometres away in Lakeland, Florida. Because she is Edward Fryer’s daughter, Eva Jane is also Eric Clapton’s half-sister.
Sandra Fryer (half-sister from father side)
Nothing is known about Sandra’s life.
Pattie Boyd (ex-wife)
Duration of marriage: March 27, 1979 – 1988 (9 years)
Pattie was with the multiple-time Grammy Award winner for almost a decade. She is the model he stole from his former best friend, Beatle George Harrison. The song ‘Layla’ was written to express his unrequited love to Pattie and it became a commercial hit. He refers to his time with Boyd as one of the weirdest periods of his life as his addictions got the better part of him and, he also had affairs with two separate women who in turn gave birth for him. He tried severally to have kids with Boyd but all their IVF attempts were rewarded with miscarriages until they divorced.
Melia McEnery (wife)
Duration of Marriage: January 1, 2002 till present
McEnery allegedly approached the singer for his autograph and this was how they met. She is less than half his age and immediately they met; cast a spell on the famous womaniser. According to Clapton, there was something intriguing about Melia that made him want to behave himself and be sweet. They started dating shortly after their first meeting, broke up once but reconciled and in 2002 sealed their love.
They got married in a quiet New Year’s ceremony and on the same day christened two of their children, Julie Rose and Ruth Patricia. Since he met Melia, she had brought not only three more kids into his life but also brought stability into his life.
Ruth Patricia Clapton (daughter with Yvonne Kelly)
Month of Birth: January 1985
Ruth is another secret child the music guru had during his brief affair with onetime studio manager Yvonne Kelly. The rock star did not meet this love child till she was much older in 1991. Ruth was the daughter that helped the rock legend overcome the grief of losing his son as he had another baby to pour his love on.
She is a mother now to Isaac Eric Owen (born June 2013) with her husband Dean Bartlett.
Conor Clapton (son with Lory Del Santo)
Date of Birth: August 21, 1986
Date of Death: March 20, 1991 (aged: 5 years)
Zodiac Sign: Leo
While he was married to Boyd, Clapton had an affair with Italian actress and TV personality Lory Del Santo and it resulted in a son, Conor. He lived with his mother in New York but Clapton was so much in love with this love child of his. Eric had not been a good father to this love child but had resolved to keep trying. In fact, after the birth of Conor, Clapton decided to seek help and he went back into treating his addiction.
Conor was just a little toddler when he accidentally fell out of a window and never recovered. Just the day before, the rock star had taken his little boy to a circus show and everything was perfect until he got the devastating news. Clapton coped with the tragic death of his son by soaking himself in work and that was how the hit single “Tears in Heaven” came about.
Julie Rose Clapton (daughter with Melia McEnery)
Date of Birth: June 13, 2001
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Julie Rose is the first child Clapton had with his second and current wife. She was born while they were still in a relationshi0p.
Ella May Clapton (daughter with Melia McEnery)
Date of Birth: January 14, 2003
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
After his second wedding, he became the father to another daughter with McEnery.
Sophie Belle Clapton (daughter with Melia McEnery)
Date of Birth: February 1, 2005
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Sophie is the youngest child to the veteran legend.