Who Are Paul Simon's Children?

When you think of the 80-year-old American singer-songwriter legend Paul Simon, who has entertained millions globally for the last six decades, his affair with "Star Wars" star Carrie Fisher may pop into your head (via People). However, you might not know he has some hidden feathers in his cap. For instance, the two-time inductee into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is one of Paul McCartney's five favourite songwriters (via Far Out). Further, per Screen Rant, he is part of NBC's the coveted "Saturday Night Live" Five-Timers Club despite hosting it only four times. And he made his acting debut with Woody Allen-directed Oscar-winning 1977 movie "Annie Hall."

Paul reached fame and success with his friend Art Garfunkel in the 1960s with Simon & Garfunkel. Through their teenage years, the duo popularized folk-rock and produced soulful and iconic melodies like "The Sound of Silence," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "The Boxer." After the hit pair split in 1970 thanks to a nasty feud, Paul recorded many successful solo albums — including "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland" — and earned 16 Grammy Awards.

While he is regarded as one of the most acclaimed songwriters, did his children follow in his footsteps? Since he lives a private life, nothing much is known of Paul's youngest son Gabriel Elijah Simon, born in May 1998. However, his other children, Harper, Adrian, and Lulu, are eminent musicians like their famous father.

Harper Simon

The only child from Paul Simon's first marriage with Peggy Harper, Harper Simon is as multi-talented as his dad. Born in 1972, 4-year-old Harper made his musical debut by singing "Bingo" with Paul on the "Sesame Street" TV show (via YouTube). Though he had Paul's DNA, played the club circuit in New York, and scored a few movie soundtracks (including "The Blackout"), Harper struggled for 15 years before he carved his career path. He dropped out of the Berklee College of Music and released his debut solo album in 2010 at age 37 (via The Guardian).

"I didn't think this is how long it would take when I was 21 years old. I thought it would all fall into place, but it didn't happen that way," Harper told Reuters. "I suppose different kinds of artists find their voices at different times and when it's their moment, it's their moment." Harper is a successful guitarist, singer-songwriter, journalist, and film producer. He is single; however, according to PageSix, he briefly dated Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s daughter, actress Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, after his second solo album, "Division Street," was released in 2013.

Adrian Simon

Like his brother Gabriel, 29-year-old Adrian — the first child from Paul Simon's third marriage with singer Edie Brickell — chooses to stay away from the limelight. A musician par excellence, Adrian Simon started writing his songs at 9. According to Contactmusic.com, the then-10-year-old was one of the vocalists singing a background melody on Paul's Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award-nominated track "Father and Daughter." The song, an ode to Paul's then-7-year-old daughter Lulu, was written for 2002's "The Wild Thornberrys Movie" (per Mel Magazine)

In 2006, Adrian joined his dad on his "Surprise" tour and played keyboard on stage. Two years later, Adrian formed a band — The Ivy League — with his three high school friends and recorded his first album at age 15. Per The New York Times, he was also instrumental in turning Paul on to Digi G'Alessio, an Italian music producer who calls himself "Clap! Clap!".

Lulu Simon

Paul Simon's only daughter Lulu is a pop singer. According to Glitter Magazine, the 26-year-old is an ardent fan of Carly Rae Jepsen, Kim Petras, and Charli XCX. Lulu, who uses music as a form of self-expression and empowerment, has been writing her songs since she was 12 (via Grain of Salt Magazine). "I literally used to go into my bathroom and turn the water on and play the guitar and sing very quietly," she tells People. "I wasn't ready for people in my family to know that I was making music ... because I wanted to be sure of what I was doing."

In 2018, she debuted with "Wasted." Produced by brother Adrian, her real-life heartache inspired the hit song. In "Strangers," she crooned about her experience overcoming a toxic relationship (via Rolling Stone). During the COVID-19 lockdown, Lulu released "Being Alone is the Best," a song about death and learning to be at peace, per Broadway World. Her latest single, "Something," is about romanticizing a past relationship and not letting it go. Is she aiming to become a sensitive-pop singer to be reckoned with? "I would rather do things the hard way and make music I want to hear and hope and pray people like this pop music the way I like it," she declared to Grain of Salt Magazine.