Paul McCartney married American musician Linda Eastman in 1969 (Picture: Getty Images)Sir Paul McCartney has revealed he ‘cried for a year’ after his first wife Linda McCartney died in 1998.
The Beatles rocker was married to Linda – with whom he had four children, Heather, 56, Mary, 49, Stella, 47, and James, 41 – from 1969 until she passed away from breast cancer following a three year battle with the disease.
Now, Paul has opened up on how he spent a year in a state of constant grief after the tragedy.
‘I think I cried for about a year on and off. You expect to see them walk in, this person you love, because you are so used to them,’ he said.
‘I cried a lot. It was almost embarrassing except it seemed the only thing to do.’
Paul and Linda in 1993; she was diagnosed in 1995 (Picture: Redferns)Paul remarried in 2002 with media personality Heather Mills, whom he has 15-year-old daughter Beatrice with, but the pair divorced in 2008.
He then married for a third time in 2011 with current wife Nancy Shevell.
The pair had four children (Picture: Getty Images)The 77-year-old music icon also lost his mother to breast cancer in 1956 when he was just 14, and says that at the time, no-one knew what his mother had died from.
He explained: ‘Both my mum and Linda died of breast cancer. We had no idea what my mum had died of because no-one talked about it. She just died.’
And the Hey Jude hitmaker found his mother’s passing particularly ‘tragic’ because his family kept a ‘stiff upper lip’ and only cried behind closed doors.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland’s Ricky Ross Meets programme, he said: ‘The worse thing about that was everyone was very stoic, everyone kept a stiff upper lip and then one evening you’d hear my dad crying in the next room.
‘It was tragic because we’d never heard him cry.’
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