Paul Simon
Singer Paul Simon performs during the Rainforest Fund's 25th anniversary benefit concert in New York. Reuters

Legendary singer Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell have been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after an incident in Connecticut.

Brickell is Simon's third wife. The singer was previously married to Stars War actress Carrie Fisher.

Staff at Simon's music company had no comment.

No additional information has yet been released on the arrest but New Canaan police are set to hold a news briefing at 16:30 GMT.

Simon and Brickell have lived in Connecticut - most recently in a $16.5 million home - for over 20 years with their three children.

Simon, 72, is a grammy-award winning singer whose fame derives from his time as part of the famous duo Simon & Garfunkel alongside Art Garfunkel, penning hit songs such as "Mrs. Robinson", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", and "The Sound of Silence" before the pair split in 1970.

He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame and an inductee in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame as part of the duo.

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