December 10th, 2009
04:55 PM ET

Paul McCartney: Marriage to Heather Mills was a bad decision

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Anyone who followed the nasty divorce between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills shouldn't be surprised that the former Beatle believes his last marriage to be one of his biggest mistakes of the past decade.

No one could look back on how the six-year union ended between the singer-songwriter and the former model last year, with tears, name-calling and a massive divorce settlement and think on it fondly.

But now for the first time, McCartney is telling Q magazine that it indeed was not the best of times. Asked whether the wedding was one of his worst decisions in the last decade, the music legend said it was a "prime contender".

Sir Paul told Q magazine: "OK, yeah, I suppose that has to be the prime contender – but I don't wanna down anyone, these things happen, y'know?"

But the one thing McCartney is grateful for out of his union with Heather Mills is his six-year old daughter Beatrice.

"I tend to look at the positive side, which is that I have another beautiful daughter out of it," McCartney told the magazine.

Another bright point for McCartney has been finding love again with American divorcee Nancy Shevell, which McCartney said was once of the nicest things about the past decade. He also dismissed reports that he was planning to retire, saying, "I have too much fun. Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch telly? No thanks. I'd rather be out playing."

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  4. RT

    What an absolute idiot Paul McCartney is, to call that marriage the worst mistake and risk having his daughter read this crap when she gets older. Did someone have a gun to his head when he exchanged vows. He should be thankful to Heather for giving him another beautiful daughter. Yes mistakes are made, but the "little lady" is priceless.

    December 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dancer Reece

    This was a bad decision, duh, but what would life be like without those. She is gone now, and he has a new woman in his life that will love him until she is a teenager and will find him uncool until she reaches adulthood.

    December 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jmac from Halifax

    There should be a law to prevent women from stealing money like this. Prenups are fine but there has to be another mechanism in place to prevent dirtbags like Heather Mills from receiving such ridiculous sums for doing nothing but being a trophy wife.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bruce

    Paul is right, why down anyone. Life is too short.
    As long as Paul keeps playing, we'll keep listening. Fourty-six years on we still love The Beatles! And as Ringo put it in one of the recent tunes "Everybody's here, but never for too long".

    Know we are with you Paul, down every long and winding road.

    December 14, 2009 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan Maltby

    Sir Paul is such a gentleman, he really does have tons of class.
    Look at the picture of Heather Mills, she looks like some sort of a reality show contestant. No one would even know the name of that peg leg ho if she did not swindle a Beatle. Im surprised that Paul has that much class, I hope her peg leg runs out of oil.

    December 14, 2009 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. gonna be gorgeous at 60

    to whomever posted a 60 year old man does not want a 60 year old woman, shame on you. there are quite a few 60+ couples out there that are happy and content and think the world of each other. obviously 60year old men are attracted to younger women, but the same goes for 60 year old women - yes older women have libidos and think younger men are hot, hence finally acknowledgement through todays "cougar" phenomenon (though i hate that terminology). Nowadays most women are taking far better care of their looks than men are. i know plenty of 60+women that look 45 while their husbands look fat and near deaths door. go do a quick google search on some gorgeous nearing 60 and 60+ gals:

    beverly johnson: 57
    jane seymour: 58
    hellen mirron: 75
    cher: 65
    sophia loren: 75
    kate jackson 65
    cheryl tiegs: 60

    the list goes on my friend. seriously–ask your average 60 year old man if would would be proud to have any of the above women on his arm and i bet they'd say heck YES! not only do they get a gorgeous gal, they have a lover who understands them in a way only someone of the same age can–AND who is NOT a gold digger because they have a life and money of their own.

    December 14, 2009 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeffery Holte

    Hello Paul.
    I was 15 when the Beattles first came to america. I am now 62. I am still a fan. I also know that you are a very fine person.
    I also know that the class room is life. The lesson is love. I am sure that with all of that living you have learned alot about love. I am also sure that your life is much enrinched because of it. Take care.
    Love you much, Jeffery.

    December 14, 2009 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Diggar

    Paul's been through a lot of heartache, losing his best friend John to murder, then his long-term wife to cancer. That being said, he seems like a positive guy who is able to move on. And he has money which certainly doesn't hurt! I hope he finds enough love and friendship to keep him happy. Although it's probably impossible at this point to find someone as close as a childhood friend or a true love, because since he's now rich and famous it would be hard to trust anyone.

    December 14, 2009 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. The Voice of Reason

    Did anyone ever consider that McCartney was lonely after his wife died?

    Also consider that he did date a number of women but eventually married Mills, so it wasn't like she was the first person he went out with after Linda's passing.

    I personally have no idea if Heather Mills is a gold-digger or not, or if McCartney made a mistake in marrying her. That's their business; not mine or anyone elses.

    December 14, 2009 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. noel

    NOT feeling sorry for Paul at all. He has his millions. Go buy yourself a big yacht, old man, and you'll get over it. Billions of people meanwhile live on one dollar a day, HARD for me to say sorry for you, you egotistic has-been!

    December 13, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Simon

    Those who complain here about this not being news or other such comments.... then why did you read it?

    December 13, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. greg

    Paul try someone your own age not your grand daughter's age!

    December 13, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  16. John P

    Know that its not the man who has money but the money a man has that a woman loves.

    December 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Robert Cooper

    Any guy with a load of money is a fool to get married, you can rent love.
    Tiger Woods is another one that learned this the hard way.

    December 13, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ILOVEPAUL

    Paul still a class act! Great attitude, doesn't dis anyone no matter what, knows how to have a faithful marriage even though being in the public eye with countless opportunities! Love you Paul, and may you live a long, healthy, happy life!

    December 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. elliemae

    Second to getting outbid on the Beatles collection by Michael Jackson
    Course that was a different decade.
    Unless he lost a couple bazillion some other way in the last 10 years
    I'd say Mills was his number 1 mistake of the decade

    December 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Butch

    Who knows, this new 'love' could be another Gold Digger! They have a way of worming their way in. Hopefully, he'll set up a strict pre-nup if it comes to that.

    December 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. AnnR

    Paul you must face the facts, you will never find another Linda. She was your Queen. Your kids tried to warn you about the gold digging Heather but you would not listen. I think you need to stop taking that viagra and start growing "older" more wisely.

    December 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jennifer

    Things in life just aren't perfect – with the exception of Pauls marvelous (John, GEorge & Ringo's) music.... He's a human who at least he had the wonderful love of Linda. No matter how much he got burned by Heather, what he had with Linda MORE than makes up for this horrid Heather folly (he's not broke ya know). I wish you a happy life Paulie cuz you sure have shared so much with me – My best to you always and KEEP ON ROCKIN!!! I'm waiting for the next US concert round – it was great even in the nose bleed section! She loves you yea yea yea!

    December 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  23. EvilPenguin

    Why did he marry Heather? I don't think it had anything to do with her being a "younger woman" - it was that she reminded him of his late wife and he hadn't recovered from the loss. She's very similar to Linda (okay, if you add a leg) and she was supposedly very similar to her in fighting for animal rights, being a vegetarian, etc. She took advantage of an old man who missed the woman who was his anchor and his heart for decades. That he married her was to his credit. And I don't think he was calling his relationship with her (and their resulting child) a mistake...just the marriage itself. It wouldn't have gotten anywhere near as ugly if the end of the relationship didn't also mean she was trying to bilk him out of half his fortune. She should be ashamed because she is and was a predator. At worst, he should be embarrassed to be so gullible at such an advanced age.

    December 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dawn

    Here is the link to the actual interview from Paul's site. Things have been reported earlier a little out of context.

    paulmccartney.com/news.php#/1821/2009-12

    December 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Shauna

    I'm so glad he has found love again, but why on earth would you reference his new American love as "divorcee"?

    What is this, 1959 instead of 2009. Divorcee! That's her title! That's ridiculous, demeaning and just bad writing.

    December 13, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mary campbell

    Paul McCartney, whom I adore and admire, slept with countless thousands of women during his Beatles phase and beyond - even multiple women in different hotel suites it was said in The Love You Make.

    All the Beatles wound up married with partners they loved for years, which to me says a lot about them as people wanting a loving partnership and children after all of the Beatles craziness.

    Paul is a wonderful human being with flaws and faults like the rest of us, and he was a huge influence in my life musically and creatively, as he was to so many others. Sensitivity and consideration in his work was instructive and meaningful. Thanks, Paul! Enjoy the life you've built.

    Love is all you need,

    M.E. Campbell

    December 13, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dystopiax

    Perhaps if Paul, born 1942, could not find happiness with a beautiful woman born in 1968 he can find happiness with one such born in 1998 and waits patiently seven years. By then he will be 75 and left handed.

    December 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. cnnreader

    Why was he the only one who didn't know she was a confidence trickster? Lying that you are a NYT reporter of the same name seems like a huge red flag.

    December 13, 2009 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  29. Felicity

    Paul, "play the field" until you are 100, because you can afford it ! Pick someone closer to your age this time, though.

    December 13, 2009 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  30. Gilasevi

    Great answer – I don't get why people waste there time on watching television or ... browsing sites... music playing is very rewarding and I wouldn't be surprised if it kept Paul's mind and body, soul very healthy.

    December 13, 2009 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  31. John

    To the handful you who ask why this is news: you read the article then took the time to write in your comment. Every time you click on a story, CNN knows, and they count those clicks. YOU are why this is considered news. You have no one but yourselves to thank!

    December 13, 2009 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  32. Micha

    Men....do they ever learn?

    December 13, 2009 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  33. William Slater

    God Bless Sir Paul McCartney! Ram On! I loved all the music you made with Linda McCartney and hope that you two will hook up in the next life, and get Wings back together. Signed – William F. Slater, III – A Beatle fan and Paul McCartney fan since 1964.

    December 13, 2009 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  34. Roman Stroppetti

    As far as I'm concerned the big winner is still Sir Paul, for he has won people's heart and mind over the years, not to say the least, the world over The other what's her name has only legally stolen what was not her's, and as a consequence she will remain as a shadowy figure for the rest of her unholy life. Karma, sooner or later, will get back at you.

    December 12, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Brian

    So Yoko winds up not being the worst Beatles wife of all time. In fact, Heather Mills makes Yoko look like Linda...

    December 12, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. alice

    How old is Nancy Shevell? I remember when I used to be too young to marry Paul; now I'm too old.

    December 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  37. beau

    A 60 year old man does not want a 60 year old woman.

    December 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  38. beau

    To soon after the death of his wife...Of course it was a mistake...Why cant these old guys see the young women only want their money .they hurry and have a Baby and set for Llfe...

    December 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  39. emmarose

    these opportunistic women are everywhere. heather, rielle hunter...etc..they're nutjobs and good actresses and these poor rich men fall for it.

    December 12, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. carriebell

    Not one of you have gone the land mine route. She needed the funds for her charity...who better than Paul?
    episcopalian you made me laugh out loud...cheers.
    Wolfmister the same...cheers.
    I am a 59 year old Beatles fan. I miss George soo much but Paul has entertained us all these years. Rock on Paul!
    You want to complain about who has and who has not seen the make over doctor what about Mick? Peace all.

    December 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  41. vic

    For this kind of money he could have got a virgin per day in London.
    Romantics out there don't get it that when they made a good coin and are single the hunt is on.

    All these are avoidable experiences for a sensible gentleman.

    This "doughter" consolation is a poor band aid for a guy with multiple fatherhoods. He was dragged through tabloids like a dog and tongue-lashed by millions of imbeciles, who ungratefully grew up to the sound and voice of his musical genius.

    Calous genius is better than a soft-hearted doormat. He is not a winner here, for sure.

    December 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. maggieb

    Here's the thing. He is an incurable romantic. He had a wonderful, long term relationship with his first wife and so he married Heather expecting the same. That he didn't enter into a pre-nup made me respect him even more. He never expected the marriage to fail. I think he is a wonderful man and hope only for the best for him.

    December 12, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    I really dig Pauly.

    December 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jeff W.

    I knew the minute I first saw her that she was a nutjob – she has the crazy eyes! My diagnosis would be borderline personality disorder.

    December 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  45. JKale

    The price of fame and riches is a world of greed and lonelyness.

    But Paul, you have found love before, you will find love again, and if not, you have children and friends who love you no matter who you are.

    December 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  46. benoy

    Sir Paul, salute to you, to hell with the money, at least you have a lovely daughter and this gold-digger takes care of her. Woe to all the gold-diggers worldwide..... Long live Paul, my hero!

    December 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  47. agiman

    Sir Paul keep playing and be happy and make us happy.

    December 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. brent

    Paul had the greatest of marriages to Linda, and a stinker with what's her name. What a great attitude, another beautiful daughter. As long as Paul can croak it out, keep playing. Another remark he made, "I'd rather be out playing than sitting at home wathcing the telly." I love this man, gotta see him sometime, he can quit after that.
    Brent

    December 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Misha

    RIP Linda. You were the best of any wife ever. only nights you ever were away from Paul was the Japan thing? that's not only real love, but the truest of loves. miss you every day

    December 12, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Billy D

    Heather bashers are just as small-minded as Yoko bashers. And Linda bashers back in the '70s. Same crowd. It was love. You don't know - and shouldn't - what was between those two people. Even if they weren't long-term compatible, you have to thank Heather for pulling Paul out of his post-Linda funk. If you see pix of him when he was mourning, he looked like a sad, frail, old man. She helped him out of that. Now look at him.
    Be nice already.

    December 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  51. David

    Paul gave my life incredible music, and incredible excitement when I saw The Beatles twice in concert and Wings in '76. I am forever grateful, and I wish him much happiness with his new love.

    December 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  52. susan

    Paul couldn't be all bad. I mean, he stayed married to Linda for 25+ years, having spent only a few night apart from each other during their marriage. I mean, if he was that impossible to live with, how could his first marriage lasted so long? No, the problem was Heather. I'm pretty sure of that. And yes, he made a mistake with her.

    December 12, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  53. Dave

    I like what Rod Stewart once told Jay Leno years ago, when asked if he would get married again. Rod said " No, I will just find a woman that I really hate and give her a house" Keep the music live...

    December 12, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  54. SFH

    Paul looks ridiculous with his dyed hair when he is pushing 70. He looks strange and should just disappear gracefully. Embarassing...

    December 12, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  55. laura ckarke

    I have loved Paul since I was 9 years old.
    I am 55 now, and he still has a special place in my heart.

    May God bless his decisions, and may he have the same happiness and joy that his music has given to so many others.

    December 12, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  56. Beatle Brian

    This was a bigger disaster than his movie "Broad Street", which he flushed bazillions down the toilet.

    December 12, 2009 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  57. zigzag in Tx

    Paul's two loves of his life were John and Linda. After those two great human beings how can anyone else compete? I'm sure he loves Nancy and I wish him all the best. But it's hard for older people to find true love later in life after they've had one or two important long-time loves.

    Good luck Paul, I love you!

    December 12, 2009 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  58. Mary

    Heather Mills is BAD news and that was obvious even before she met Paul McCartney. I remember years ago, reading an article about the blonde model who'd lost a leg and thinking she sounded like an awful gold digger. I couldn't believe it when Paul started dating her so very soon after his "beloved" wife's death. However, from what I've read about his current girlfriend, she isn't so up on her ethics either. Why do men make such BAD decisions about women?

    December 12, 2009 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  59. krukboogie

    all ya need is love!

    December 11, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  60. GB

    Best wishes, Sir Paul!

    December 11, 2009 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  61. obi david

    sir Paul....what matters in your life now is, when the doors are closed!! you are not leaving your life for any body ..am sure people telling you to remain single meant well for you, but they are wrong! you have given the world all the joy they deserve... mistakes or not, when the doors are closed my dear Paul, you are alone!! you know what is best for you as a legend that you are...so go for it, get married start life as man and wife and the beautiful things it can bring for you, so that when the doors are closed you know they are closed with your dreams and wishes intact!
    i wish you and your new love a long life and happy days to come.
    your artist obi David.

    December 11, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Bryan

    its news because at the end of the article it says he doesn't want to retire! i can't wait for him to come around Boston again. One of the best concerts i have ever seen.

    December 11, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  63. FORMER FAN

    Drew, You say Paul didn't breakup the Beatles??? Get the facts straight please! Of the 4, who came out with the first solo album? Aaaggghh – Wrong! It was Paul. April 17, 1970. Album Title: McCartney. Do your homework please.

    December 11, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Barbara

    It is not easy losing a lovely lady like his first wife Linda she was
    a true love for Paul she devoted her life to him. Paul may never find another like her in this life. The best one can do is keep the flame of love alive in one's heart and keep playin that rock and roll music
    you play so well Paul. Beatles 4 Ever !

    December 11, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Curt Fell

    Well, i'm glad he has now found a wealthy, sensible woman to be in his life. At least he knows that she is not after him for his money. She has plenty of her own!

    December 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  66. odysseus14

    Love you Sir Paul!

    December 11, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jan

    I tried to tell him it wasn't a good idea..
    I'm still waiting too Elaine at age 54.

    December 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  68. allyson

    Please realize that this 'news' comes under the Entertainment banner; it's not earth shattering, it's trivia. If you're looking for hard core news, don't look in this department.

    December 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Noel

    I really think he should retire. His music has gotten old and the thrill is gone. I'm not stuck in the 60's. My taste in music has moved on as I aged. I imagine he is partly to blame for the failure of his marriage. He is too much in the spotlight and too much drunk with his celebrity that he has not gotten in touch with reality. I don't think he really had time to be settled in his marriage. Paul, you are OLD. Time to take a rest and let the new generation take over the stage.

    December 11, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Melora, Longwood, Florida

    Love you, Paul. Better luck in the future.

    December 11, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Vicki

    Paul-
    Just simly have a WONDERFUL CRIMBLE TIME-you and your
    children.
    And let the past take care of itself.
    And have a good future.
    And hope you find a SPECIAL LUV who'll hold the key.
    And Best of luck on your new album that you'll be doing with Ringo
    Take care Duckie. Best of LUCK!
    CHEERIO!
    .

    December 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  72. elaine haynes

    You were suppose to marry me when I was 15 in '65. Still waiting
    for you!!

    "Love. love me do"

    Elaine

    December 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Rob in Warwick

    truly, one of the nice guys of the world. all around good bloke.

    someone asked about not ever hearing about Paul and the ladies....the one thing I've never liked is how the surviving Beatles have carefully crafted their history. The completely whitewash the drugs, the women, etc. It silly to think none of that went on.

    I would love to read a true portrayal of their lives back in their heyday.

    December 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Edward Rigby

    The marriage was not a mistake. The birth of their daughter was not a mistake. Both were meant to be. That they turned out to be incompatible... these things happen in life. Especially when a child comes to the world in spite of a marriage that failed, you have to say it was all meant to be. It is wrong to call a marriage a mistake.

    December 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Dianna

    I wish nothing but happiness for Paul. I'm 55 and have loved him from the beginning of the Beatles and my husband knows Paul is the only man I'd leave him for! It was sad to watch him marry Heather, because I always felt she was too young to even appreciate what a great man, father, and musician he is. At least he has a beautiful daughter from that failed marriage. I wish him every happiness with Nancy Shevell, seemingly a much more financially independent, age appropriate woman. Paul has proved over time he is a legend, and a legendary husband to Linda and great father.

    December 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Ken

    and yet another great reason for prenuptial agreements.

    December 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Independent Lady

    My advice to Paul & other rich men his age is to marry a woman close to your age next time with a personality & your chances of hooking up with a gold digger will decrease; I know it’s hard since most men think with there eyes & pants instead of their brains.

    My advice to younger men is to marry the woman you were with prior to your celebrity & fame & honor your vows OR just don’t get married

    December 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Nancy

    Paul, let this be a lesson. Yes, you are a wonderful man, but, many women see you as a great big $$$$ sign. It is very difficult to know when someone is truly honest. Best bet is to remain single.

    December 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Mary

    There are no mistakes....ever....anywhere....its ALL for a purpose or 2!

    December 11, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Lissette

    His mistake wasnt in getting married it was in getting married without a pre-nup.

    December 11, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  81. sws

    Well, we all make mistakes, others just bigger than some.

    December 11, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  82. kukla

    It shows us all how classy he is that he had an opportunity to trash her, but didn't. Found the positive aspect to the marriage and focused on that. We should all learn something from that!

    December 11, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  83. YEC

    Paul, I love you and I love your music. All I would ever want for you is to be happy. And I think if anyone truly loves you, they would want the same thing. If Ms. Shevell makes you happy and the two of you want to be married, wonderful. I wish you both the best. My only advice would be, get a pre-nup this time. Ms. Shevell would understand, because it would be in her best interests as well. Good luck!

    December 11, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Miranda

    Some of you people commenting or asking why is this news are really funny. You saw the headline so you knew what the story was about and started reading; you could tell from the article what it was about and kept reading; and you took time to log in and leave a message here and your complaint is why is this news? Well YOU read it and YOU left a message and that's all CNN wants! That's why it's news because even the ones who think it's not, read it and comment anyway. You people are toooo funny!

    December 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  85. WOlfmeister

    Gotta ask this...didnt she leave him the year he turned 64?? (im being serious here)

    December 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Paula

    Sir Paul
    IN all truth, I have no idea if you read this stuff or not. BUT everyone makes mistakes. Lets not just point a finger here for we all are cabable of this. You had a wonderful life with Linda and sad to say, you cannot match that anytime with anyone ever again. There are many, many types of loves in our lives. BUT no one should grow old alone. Life was not meant to be like this. So take your time here and just be cautious. Also – get an attorney before you say "I do" again. Wishing you the best.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Wannie

    I think Paul thought he had found another Linda and I still think that is who he is searching for. She was and still is the "Love of his Life", hopefully he realizes this and dates who he wants, but does not go the marriage route again. Linda was his one and only. Let it be sweet Paul

    December 11, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Beth

    I have admired the Beatles for a long time and Paul was my favorite! I think he has always been a class act. Heather however is an obnoxious gold digger and it's good that he's no longer married to her. I wish him well!

    December 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Libra2849

    It never ceases to amaze me. These older men who think these young women love them... for just being themselves. Honestly it becomes too funny, sometimes and then a little sad. One rule in dating has always been a good one.. stay within your decade.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Eddy

    he did indeed make a hugh mistake! she had it writting all over her face. and still has it. but paul should stop doing concern so he and the beatles won't burn out. making too much appearance.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  91. RF

    What a misleading story. I read the whole interview. The interviewer led him into saying it was a mistake. McCartney didn't want to offer it up but acknowledged to the interviewer that it probably was a contender and then quickly changed the subject that he didn't want to talk about. He also said it ended up being a good thing because he got a beautiful daughter out of it. Of course, that statement and the context is left out of the story. Shame on CNN for sounding more like TMZ with this story and headline. It's being presented like this all over the media and it's a load of crap.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Rennee' Hernandez

    For those complaining about this article re: "Is this news?" "Why is CNN reporting this"?, etc. Remember, there are several areas of "news" here. The CNN articles are broken down by categories. If you don't want entertainment "news", then don't read the entertainment section. If you want political news, go to that section. Crime/courts? Hey, they've got a section for that, too. While I agree that what goes on the entertainment world qualifies as news, I also know that if I don't want to read it, I stay away from it in the "newspapers".

    December 11, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Janie, Nashville TN

    Loved Paul since I was 13...went to Shea in '65 and '66. Still love him. Linda was his true love; Heather was her replacement and she knew it. Hung in there long enough for a child to bind the financial settlement. Gold-digger and loud mouth all the way. Glad he's rid of her. No class whatsoever!~. Nancy appears to make him smile again and she's no digger..has her own money and finally she's someone closer to his age....although I always wished he'd marry me!~

    December 11, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Deedles

    Episcopalian – Thank you for the early morning chuckle.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Spornk

    If you're lucky, you get one true love in your life. Paul had that with Linda. Anyone else will come in a distant second (or third). Subsequent marriages usually have more to do with companionship.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  96. mark

    i guess his life was too good for awhile so he decided he could afford to wreck it for a few years. why not you only live once.

    December 11, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  97. stick2it

    Paul and Linda only spent one night apart their entire 30+ year marriage and that was only because of circumstances out of their control. How many people who are NOT huge celebrities can claim that? That was truly a match made in heaven.

    December 11, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  98. Paisley

    What a truly gracious, lovely man.

    December 11, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  99. RS1981

    Good for Paul for being the good hearted man that he is and not put people down. He admitted the marriage was a mistake, but noticed that the best thing about that union was the birth of his daughter. Shows just how much of a gentleman Sir Paul really is.

    December 11, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  100. wb

    i don't know what happened, but she was in fear for her life.

    whats up with that. Wait until Brad tries to goe back to

    Jennifer, and she says NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    poor ugly angelina. She can raise all those kids by herself.

    super mommy!

    December 11, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  101. Don

    Thanks Paul.

    December 11, 2009 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  102. Cozmo

    You can undo a bad marriage, but you can't undo bad plastic surgery. When did it become such a bad thing for old people to look old? You're not fooling anyone with the awful face lift (take note, Tom Petty and Bruce Jenner). It's really disappointing to see these guys who have clearly earned the right to let themselves be their own age being pressured into trying to look like something they're not.

    December 11, 2009 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  103. Wren

    I adore Paul McCartney and the rest of the Beatles, but man. He must have been huffing glue, to fine that beast worthy of marriage, let alone dinner and a movie.

    December 11, 2009 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  104. Drew Reid

    I know from feedback from staff at the Grand Canyon before the wedding with Mills, that Paul was very much in love and taken with the idea. You can't fault someone for believing in love and marraige. Bottom line, Paul, Sir Paul, is a good guy. Also he's one of the best songwriters ever, also one of the greatest rockers ever. I caught the Thanksgiving show on TV and if he's not hitting the high notes, so what. He's still got it and should be out there making people happy with his music. As a performer, believe it. That's the deal.Money can't buy that. People should give Paul a break. He has creds beyond anybody else. He did not break up the Beatles. He's a good guy. There are those who think he pretty much WAS the Beatles. No matter what, one of the largest figures in rock and roll, and deserving of great respect.

    December 11, 2009 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  105. Tom

    Yep, he's going to marry Nancy Shevell and the cycle will begin again. You know what they say. Love is grand. Divorce is 25 grand. Unless you're Paul McCartney, then it's $50 million.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  106. Ken D.

    Good ol' Paul! Always looking at the positives in life and doing what he loves. Best wishes to you and your lovely new daughter Paul! You brought me amazing music as I was growing up, and I respect your devotion to family, music, and love.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  107. friend of a friend

    Yeah, she has a history of gold digging. Ask the guy she was married to in Vancouver, BC!

    December 11, 2009 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  108. Leigh

    His biggest mistakes ever:

    Not breaking up John and Yoko
    Not saving the Beatles from breaking up

    December 11, 2009 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  109. rwsmith

    McCartney was in a vunerable state after Linda died. It's hard enough not to make mistakes in romance even if you are thinking clearly. I'm glad he's active and in love again.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  110. rex downham

    go, sir paul, go! it makes me so happy to see you still rockin' out. you inspired me to become a musician and composer. i'll always be grateful for that. i can't thank you enough for showing me and the rest of the world how it's done. you rock.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  111. barbara

    Love you Paul.....But WHY start the drama again?????????
    All over the news....IT'S OVER........Please........

    December 11, 2009 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  112. Rob

    We love Paul! What a great guitarist and the Beatles are forever the ones who influence all!

    December 11, 2009 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  113. anna

    I'm sure she feels the same way.... but the settlement probably eases that for her somewhat.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  114. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    No joke, Paul. I could have told you from the get go that that gold digger was out to take you to the cleaners. There was just something about her that didn't feel right. Call it women's intuition, but when you married her I told my husband it wouldn't last 5 years because she was a total fraud & couldn't be trusted. Maybe I was off on the time– but I think I was right about the woman.
    BTW– still enjoy seeing McCartney in concert, I don't care how old he is. The man still rocks.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  115. Adrienne

    Maybe I'm too sensitive about this, but I was put-off' by the description of McCartney's new companion, Nancy Shevell, as simply "...divorcee." If that was all the information available at press time, o.k. If not, it kind of harkens back to the '40's & '50's habit of referring to women as "blondes" "brunettes", and "divorcess's," which, at that time, was considered the most important element of a woman's identity. It'd be interesting to know the age and gender (and political persuasion) of whomever wrote that piece.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  116. Murali Behara

    Seriously? I think it's definitely got to be a physical attraction / turn-on for Paul and perhaps money & fame are a bonus for Heather.

    December 11, 2009 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  117. Mr. Doover

    Don't do it, Paul! Men your age with lots of money are never going to find true love again. Those bimbos only want your loot.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Liberal in Boulder

    Dearest Sir Paul:

    You are the greatest of the great. Thank you for all you have done for this planet.

    Very best wishes, Boulder Fan

    December 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Richard

    Ahh Paul,

    It is the downside of life to lose your wife (Linda) and have some younger woman entice you and the wind up leaving you and separating you from your hard earned money. I have always been a fan of you and the Beatles (And Wings) and wish you continued good fortune and happiness with whatever you do. Retire? NO Way!!

    December 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  120. A. Hutcheson

    Sir Paul has been beloved by so many for so long, not only for his amazing talent, but also his lovely personality. It seems as if Ms. Mills had a selfish and destructive agenda from the very beginning of the relationship. If karma is real (and I believe that it is....) Ms. Mills will eventually have to pay the piper. Sucks to be her. Sir Paul, however will be remembered as one who gave the world a lot of joy.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Kate

    But, in fact, Jo Piazza had a lot nastier things to say about Heather Mills and the marriage than Paul did. Class will tell.

    December 10, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  122. My Name

    A mistake, Paul? Um, ya think?

    December 10, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Rick Grant

    You said it, Paul..... A bad decision it was. Kind of like new Coke.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Henri

    Do you think? What would a 20 something want with a 60 something if money were not involved? No pre-nup? The writing was on the wall. Guess he never looked up?

    December 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  125. ms

    Well Beatle if you think you marry this other woman do you think you would get another beautiful daughter out of this marriage. Never say someone that you marry it was a big mistake. That is so so wrong

    December 10, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Johnny

    Hopefully Sir Paul has learned his lesson and will keep his brain in gear, and his pants up when he's approached by a gold-digger in his future. You'd think he'd have used the wisdom of his years when Mills first accosted him...

    December 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  127. dpeterson

    I find it strange that Paul would say it was his worst mistake. I would think Heather would also say the same thing.
    He is not without fault i am sure.
    I guess he gets no sympathy from me. He had a wonderful 1st marriage and should have left it at that, and now he is involved with another woman saying he is finding love. I know if i was a woman money or no money i would be careful.

    December 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Ian

    Mills got approximately $22,237.44 for every day of the marriage. And the chick is no beauty and has only one leg. Calling it a mistake is a major understatement.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  129. alexis

    Really Paul? A big mistake? Imagine that. I could have told you that going in..............you went for the beauty and the youth and got burned. Perhaps someone closer to your own age might be more suitable – it's like Grandpa and daughter here in this photo – seriously! When will men learn that if you do this you will pay? :)

    December 10, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Heather

    Testing captions eh? Just find one that doesn't insult anyone and we'll be happy!

    December 10, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Linda Atchley

    We never want to see you retire, Paul. Keep on playing your beautiful music forever. Your fans will be forever grateful!

    December 10, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Scott

    Who cares! How is this news? CNN is disgusting me lately.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  133. HMatthews

    "These things happen...you know"?

    What a jerk you are McCartney IMO. You should get a narcissim tat (on your forehead)! I have no high regard for Ms. Mills either. So the real question is...why is this news?

    December 10, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  134. PETER HENRIQUE

    You would asked Dave Letterman for a clue bro.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  135. episcopalian

    is that leg norwegian wood?

    December 10, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Earl

    Sir Paul... she has a face like a horse and was clearly a gold-digger. What on earth were you thinking?

    December 10, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Jake, McKenzie, TN

    "Anyone who followed the nasty divorce between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills shouldn't be surprised that the former Beatle believes his last marriage to be one of his biggest mistakes of the past decade."

    Ya THINK, Paul???

    December 10, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Lady

    He will make the same mistake, he should never get married again. We all change in relationships and we don't know the real person till after a few years of living together. Then the true colours come out.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Susan

    look at the bright side, at least it wasn't yoko,lol!

    December 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  140. rm

    Good for Paul!

    Paul is a good man. The whole world knows that. We've seen him live his life in front of us all – he loved his first wife faithfully – a lot said right there for a celebrity. Unfortunately he found what 50% or more of the rest of the male world has been living with for the last 30+ years = a court system that promotes and favors these kinds of situations – it would be wiser and more helpful to marriage and children in general if the law made it clear if you come in with less or nothing and break it up and go you leave with what you came in with – that would fix the gold diggers and marriage whores and perhaps prevent them from pursuing this kind of thing with impunity.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  141. rm

    Good for John!

    Paul is a good man. The whole world knows that. We've seen him live his life in front of us all – he loved his first wife faithfully – a lot said right there for a celebrity. Unfortunately he found what 50% or more of the rest of the male world has been living with for the last 30+ years = a court system that promotes and favors these kinds of situations – it would be wiser and more helpful to marriage and children in general if the law made it clear if you come in with less or nothing and break it up and go you leave with what you came in with – that would fix the gold diggers and marriage whores and perhaps prevent them from pursuing this kind of thing with impunity.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  142. JR

    Then that makes your daughter a mistake as well, doesn't it? Take another hit Paul, I'm sure everything will look better when your stoned.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  143. LouAz

    Kind of a different meaning for the Beatles song – Can't Buy Me Love.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  144. sharster

    dear paul, i love you to pieces, but you should have listened to your kids. they tried to warn ya, but nothing is as blind as love. i'm happy you've now found more happiness and that you have beatrice, but you are also a bit "poorer" for the liaison w/heather mills. ah, yes, we live, we learn, but yours was a very expensive lesson.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  145. John raucci

    Why don't all celebs have Paul's class and sensibility? Too many with power and money seem undeserving and more importantly, unappreciative.

    John, TN

    December 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Joe Etter

    How exactly is this considered news?

    December 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  147. sm

    duh

    December 10, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Tom

    His biggest mistake was to get married in the first place. Marriage makes absolutely no sense for wealthy people, unless you have a fetish for being beaten up with a golf club by your gold-digging wife because she knows that no matter how badly she treats you, she owns half your fortune anyway. Talk about an abusive relationship!!

    Women are great, love is great but marriage is a legal scam to turn a man into a slave. George Clooney gets it! :)

    December 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Bonni

    the one thing that always impressed me about Paul was that I never heard, or read, about him fooling around with other women during his career. I don't know if it's true but if so it, certainly warrants a positive complement.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  150. james

    Proof there is no good: John Lennon was murdered in cold blood and yet Heather Mills lives on.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Gord

    Paul has found love again, this time genuine love like he had with Linda. Plus he has a lovely new daughter. Good for you Paul I wish you well.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Marnie

    Just let it be Paul.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Dani from Canada

    Everyone makes mistakes and enters marital situations that are not ideal for both parties involved. He is human and he made a mistake. I'm glad to see that he hasn't lost his ability to see the good in every situation. I hope everything works out well for him and his new girlfriend and his music career continues.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  154. denise

    of course it was a mistake, she is the BIGGEST GOLD DIGGER of all; time

    December 10, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |

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