Paul McCartney's 'hearing aid' falls out of his ear during interview

Listen… do you want to know a secret? Paul McCartney’s ‘hearing aid’ falls out of his ear during interview

  • The music legend’s hearing aid fell out during an interview with The New Yorker
  • It came as he revealed John Lennon was behind The Beatles’ 1970 split
  • ‘I didn’t instigate the split,’ he told the new BBC Radio 4 series This Cultural Life
  • Sir Paul explained that initially they had to ‘pretend’ they were still together
  • ‘It was weird because we all knew it was the end of the Beatles but we couldn’t just walk away,’ McCartney said  

Having spent more than 60 years in the music industry, it’s hardly surprising that Sir Paul McCartney’s hearing has been tested. 

And now it seems the music legend is using a hearing aid to help him get by. 

During an interview with The New Yorker, the 79-year-old musician had a little trouble with the device. 

The interviewer revealed ‘a hearing aid sprang out of his right ear’ as he discussed his desire to keep making new music. 

But, far from being concerned, Sir Paul ‘rolled his eyes’ before using his finger to ‘push the wormy apparatus back in place’. 

McCartney is now using a hearing aid to get by. Having spent more than 60 years in the music industry, it’s hardly surprising

Sir Paul celebrated his tenth wedding anniversary with wife Nancy Shevell over the weekend

It came as he revealed that contrary to reports at the time, he was not responsible for the Beatles’ split in 1970 by ‘quitting’ – it was actually John Lennon. 

Sir Paul, who at the weekend posted a picture with his wife Nancy Shevell to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary, said Lennon randomly ‘walked into a room one day’ and announced he was quitting, leaving him and his bandmates George Harrison and Ringo Starr to ‘pick up the pieces’. 

‘I didn’t instigate the split,’ he told the new BBC Radio 4 series This Cultural Life. 

‘That was our Johnny.’  

News stories around the world reported that it was Sir Paul who had quit the band, after a supposed press release for his 1970 solo album said he was taking a ‘rest’.

In a ‘self-interview’ at the time, Sir Paul said ‘no’ when asked, ‘do you foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?’.

Asked if the Beatles, which formed in Liverpool in 1960, could have continued if Lennon had stayed, Sir Paul told interviewer John Wilson that he believed ‘it could have’.

‘The point of it really was that John was making a new life with Yoko and he wanted… to lie in bed for a week in Amsterdam for peace,’ he said.

‘You couldn’t argue with that. It was the most difficult period of my life.’

He added: ‘This was my band, this was my job, this was my life.

‘I wanted it to continue. I thought we were doing some pretty good stuff – Abbey Road, Let It Be, not bad – and I thought we could continue.’

News stories around the world reported that it was Sir Paul who had quit the band, after a supposed press release for his 1970 solo album said he was taking a ‘rest’. (Pictured: Beatles attend a press party at the home of manager Brian Epstein on May 19, 1967, in London)

Sir Paul explained that initially they had to ‘pretend’ they were still together, because with the album Abbey Road set for release, American Allan Klein thought it best for key business deals to remain quiet.

‘So for a few months we had to pretend,’ Sir Paul, who didn’t get along with Klein, said.

‘It was weird because we all knew it was the end of the Beatles but we couldn’t just walk away.’

The full interview will be broadcast on Saturday, October 23.

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