In his interview, Neil expressed regrets regarding his first two marriages, to Jayne Posner (1963-69) and Marcia Murphey (1969-1995), saying: "I had every possible chance to do it right. Both are spectacular women. I felt if I couldn't make something wonderful and lifelong happen with them, then maybe I wasn't capable of it. But I'm throwing myself back in because I like being married. I don't want to end this whole fabulous journey alone. I want someone by my side who I love and who loves me. I've finally found somebody who's up to the task of being my wife, because I'm very...high-maintenance."
Diamond's new wife confessed to Parade that she was actually worried about what she was getting into. "Part of me said, 'Don't get involved; he's a client,'" said Katie. "There are a lot of complications for a lot of reasons. But our chemistry grew into something that couldn't be denied."
As for that nearly three-decade age difference between himself and his 42-year-old bride, Neil shrugged, "I definitely don't feel like I'm 71. I feel like I did when I was between 30 and 40. The body ages. The mind doesn't."
Neil Diamond's full Parade interview hits newsstands this weekend.
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