Amanda Beard slams former boyfriend Carl Edwards, NASCAR WAGs in book

Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards dated for a about a year from 2005-2006. Judging by her new book, “In the Water They Can’t See You Cry,” it sounds like the relationship was far from a healthy one. According to Beard, Edwards was controlling and selfish. From the sound of it, she also did not enjoy the NASCAR culture — particularly the interactions between drivers and their significant others.

Beard says it was Edwards’ self-centered attitude that led to their inevitable breakup in 2006.

“He never asked me what I might like to do, because he only wanted to be on Carl time,” the seven-time Olympic medalist wrote according to Sporting News. “He couldn’t imagine any other kind of time.”

She also said that she has cut ties with Edwards “severely and permanently” and that she felt “relieved and energized” when they split. Perhaps the most entertaining part of her recollections about Edwards were her memories about socializing with other drivers and their girlfriends and wives.

“Their entire existence revolved around their significant others,” she wrote. “Three beers and a thousand predictions later, I wanted to scream, ‘Don’t you guys have lives?’ They were very sweet, but I didn’t have anything in common with the rest of the women.”

If “Talladega Nights” didn’t just pop into your head, you’ve probably never seen the movie. Beard also added that Edwards was extremely jealous and asked her to stop doing sexy photo shoots for magazines like Maxim and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. When she informed him that she had used cocaine before, she says Edwards was disgusted and didn’t even want her to have a glass of wine after that. From that point on, Beard says she decided she wasn’t going to tell him anything personal about herself. Naturally, that led to the demise of the relationship.

From what Beard says, there could be a lot of money in making a “NASCAR Wives” reality television series. Make it happen, VH1, and make sure you include Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s girlfriend.


Photo credits: Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE, Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

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  • emvamp

    So he does not want her to pose for Playboy(which she now says damaged her emtionally) and he disapproved of her cocaine use and he is the bad guy?

  • http://www.facebook.com/logan.villosum Logan Villosum

    Have you seen how involved Delana Harvick is? I guarantee you there’s some juicy material to be had…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TV74GOTKJ6W6MV37FUOULWEGXY JB007

    Carl is better off without horse teeth Amanda Beard.

  • Anonymous

    Edwards is nothing but a prick. Been to a lot of races and have seen how he reacts with others.Put a camera on him then all of a sudden he is a nice guy. Dirtbag!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W3652CBLZ7JGODQ5R6ZXLAKXXA TL

    So Carl is anti-cocaine and that is somehow bad?  And that a wife supporting her husbands career is somehow bad?  None of this makes Carl Edwards or the “NASCAR culture” look bad to me.  It sounds like he is lucky they have parted way.

  • Anonymous

    hey wally world. I promise Ive been in the garage and pit with more of the dricers than you ever have. Before you call Carl edwards a prick.
    You need to start with guys Ive personally met. Here a list of Nascars true morons and pricks that drive  Kevin Harvick,Tony Stewert,Kurt Busch,Kyle Busch and Ex Boy wonder Jeff Gordon isnt far behind.

    If thought Guys were more like  J.Johnson,Junior,Matt Kenneth,G Biffle and Mark Martin racing would have alot better off.

  • Denzil Barr

     Sounds to me like she wants all of the backing for her pursuits in life, well there are men out there that will give her that, just not any racer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Martinez/100003021648049 Sean Martinez

    Wow.  A selfish star athlete?!?!?!?!?  This story deserves a Pulitzer!!!   Keep holding on, Amanda.  those 15 minutes are almost up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Pearson/100002232858621 John Pearson

    who cares,if guy crashes,he’s history.coke,olympics,gal give it up an grow up.maybe learn to be writer.

  • Anonymous

    pick yourself off the side of the road ford and get a life, no one cares!
    you’re just a wanna be prick LOL

  • Anonymous

    Another coke head writes a book about not being respected. Obviously all those years of inhaling chlorine forced her to pose nude and move into the harder drugs.

  • Anonymous

    Actually she has about a million times more class than the sissies who drive those choked down slugs and go around preening like they’re real race car drivers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYCBUQEEIBFVLC7TDI6C4WBKXI Randee Moss

    She should write about what attracted her to this man in the beginning. Then other women will think twice before jumping into the sack with money and fame. There are plenty of mature, respectful men out there, but she chose to date someone whom she considered her “peer,” only to be disappointed that money and fame are proof of nothing…except money and fame. And whatever happened to shutting your damn mouth about your personal relationships. Famous people should be afraid to date anyone these days.

  • Howard Lindo

    I was involved for 18 months with a Coke head(didn’t know she originally had a problem@15 and she re-started with some neighbors doen the block) it was the worst 18 months of my life.
    Good Riddance.

  • Anonymous

    NASCAR – Proudly picking up where professional wrestling dropped off. Race the damn cars, I don’t care about this off track drama B. S.I don’t care who is a prick or a bad interview, just f-ing race!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UUCMU3RGLX7JDMOTUZD7CEU3BI Patrick Henderson

    I can’t swim and I am a lousy driver.  I promise you the relationship will put you first.  Call me………

  • Anonymous

    Interesting Ms. Beard, you date a NASCAR driver but hate the sport-you use cocaine and he isnt happy about it and you are angry, he doesnt want you to take your clothes off for photos because hmmm he wants you to be respected maybe?, you dont like his friends and the way their wives are devoted to them-news flash-women are NOT devoted to men that treat them poorly-NASCAR families are close, loving and respectful of each other. You want to trash him and he has not said anything nasty about you but now has a beautiful wife and 2 children…jealous maybe? My son is trying to break in to the NASCAR world as a reporter and had the opportuity to meet and talk to Carl. Carl Edwards was gracious, professional and made my son feel special-he also treated his fans the same way. Maybe Ms. Beard’s brain is a little screwed up from the drug use and slutty pics?

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully you are being sarcastic…I certainly hope you arent referring to Edwards as a lousy driver

  • Anonymous

    Ummm who uses drugs and takes their clothes off for money? SHe wanted to associate with someone famous for HER reasons…Carl Edwards is famous and has money and aslo happens to be a decent human being….any idea how much he gives back to his community…thats right you dont know becasue he doesnt do it for attention. Ms. Beard only puts her money up her nose….yea she sounds like a winner

  • Anonymous

    Any clue what it takes to be a driver in NASCAR? Didnt think so. Educate yourself before you speak

  • Anonymous

    If it’s such a “sissy” sport, then that means it’s stupidly easy. Why aren’t you doing it? Drivers make millions of dollars.

    I’m betting you couldn’t even figure out how to crank up a Sprint Cup car, Skippy.

    Put your money where your mouth is or STFU.

  • Anonymous

    Awww…. another sweetie mad because she knew she’d never get into his wallet to support her cocaine habit.

    What a shame.

    Nice try, sister. Know your type 10,000 miles away.

  • Anonymous

    Disqus generic email templateLearn how to spell Prick

  • Anonymous

     You are so full of crap, I highly doubt you have met any of the drivers you mention.  I have not only met 3 but spent extensive time with 2 and your assessment could not be more off.  Just another moron on here talking chit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WXKFLERP5YKTHPDP4LMGIMLNYA Ben

    There is a big secret in NASCAR that they aren’t telling you…That is anyone can do it, anyone.  In this day and age it just requires a person to jump through all of their hoops like go-kart, dirt-track, and lame-ass local tracks to get to the big time, but jump through all the hoops and you can’t be denied.  You could skip right to the bigger cars if you were part of the right ‘good ol boy’ gang.

    It is just like anything else in this world, if you want to drive in NASCAR, you need a lot of money.  Don’t fool yourself that these guys are some kind of hero’s or super people…they are not.  They are just regular people that got the break you would never get, unless you or your family is wealthy, or willing to risk everything for that ass-backward kind of racing.

    NASCAR itself is exactly how Amanda Beard is describing Carl Edwards, self-centered, holier than thou, a little too big for it’s britches, and it is evident when you see all the empty seats in the stands.  I wouldn’t pay $300-$500 to see a bunch of a$$holes drive as fast as NASCAR will allow them.  They need to start a new racing league called pu$$y free racing, and get things back to the way they used to be…Actual Racing.

  • Anonymous

    A “chocked down slug”?  I’m sure you would make a fantastic racer—-Not.

  • Anonymous

    Ben—you are an idiot!!!

  • Anonymous

    What the hell is wrong with ms Beard?  Reckon she might have some type personal problem?  More than likely!

  • brentsn

    I don’t agree with what Amanda says about some of the spouses in Nascar. Maybe some are like that,so what ? Edwards has always been hot-tempered and self-centered , thats not news. Ford made him their highest paid driver and for what ??? To look pretty ? Overpaid due to potential that he has never proved!! Edwards is irrelevent and not that famous either outside of diehard NASCAR fans. Amanda is an USA athlete known world-wide. She is not a coke head. She honestly admitted she tried it , just like millions of us. No need to show ignorance by saying you can’t drink ! Sorry big bad man , go punch your team mate or run a competitor in the wall at 180 and send him flying with no regard for him or any of the fans. Thats what Edwards is , thats what he does , he’s a bully.