How different things are today. If you’re lucky enough to get an interview with a star, they rarely give you a real insight into their lives. But when I met Linda McCartney she was extraordinarily frank about her relationship with Paul.
‘If we ever broke up, I wouldn’t kill myself,’ she said. ‘We’re like any other couple and we row, naturally. Yes, I’ve got to the point where I’ve thought, “What’s this about anyway? I could be free.” I’ve never been on the point of leaving him, but I can see how these things happen.’
Linda confided that Paul was a ‘typical Northerner’ who believed women should stay at home while men worked. She admitted she rather liked his ‘old-fashioned trait’ but his image as a ‘doe-eyed sex object’ was way off the mark.
‘He’s warm and cosy but he’s not as romantic as you might think from his silly love songs. I’m far more romantic than he is,’ she said. ‘His fans might like to know that he drops his pants on the floor every night and expects me to pick them up.’
So, I asked Linda, how realistic were the words of his famous song, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’? Did she reckon she’d still need him and feed him in his later years?
‘Not if he doesn’t start picking up his pants,’ she laughed.
Bonnie Estridge, The Mail on Sunday. (March 20th, 2005)