I was watching Only Yesterday The Carpenters Story last night on BBC4. It was the interview that Richard had done telling The Carpenters Story and I get the feeling that he was hiding something.
I don't know why, but it just felt like he was more bothered about being famous that the health of his sister and I could say that goes for their parents as well. He did blame the doctors but as many have said that at that time not much was know about Bulimia, but as it was documented she was happy just playing the drums and singing and not been at the front of stage so that could have had something to do with it as well.
Richard didn't mentioned the press at any time about Karen getting abused by the media expect when she released a few tracks off her solo album which was then dropped by the record company but that was about it because it sounded to disco for her voice.
I was and still am a big fan of The carpenters especially Karen. I think she was the greatest singer of all time for me anyway.
She was at her happiest just playing the drums and singing.
I remember back in the seventies she was going out with the drummer of The Osmands. Alan. They were seriouse about each other but because Karen wasn't a mormon there was no chance of the couple being married. Now I don't know if it was a case of Karen wanting to turn to being a mormon and her family disapproving or it was his family because she wasn't brought up a mormon. I can't remember now. But there were no other people involved like Alan having met someone else or Karen doing the same and as far as I know it wasn't down to the pressures of their work and showbiz that they split up.
Its a shame because if she had of married Alan she would probably still be alive today.
I have watched the Karen Carpenter story a few times and have read all about her growing up. But something I will pick you up on. I would agree. I have found that too when Richard talks about her that there is something more there than meets the eye. I'm sure at one time he said he was going to reveal something about their parents and Karen's illness. But that never seemed to happen.