Paul McCartney reveals he was depressed after The Beatles broke up

Macca also describes Wings as 'terrible'

Paul McCartney has described how he was emotionally affected by The Beatles‘ split, revealing in a new interview that he was “depressed” and started drinking heavily.

The Beatles split in 1970 after releasing their 12th and final studio album ‘Let It Be’. McCartney went on to release a self-titled solo album later that same year before forming Wings with his wife Linda.

Speaking during a recording of Mastertapes for BBC Radio 4, McCartney reportedly said: “I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends.”

“So I took to the bevvies [drinks]. I took to a wee dram. It was great at first, then suddenly I wasn’t having a good time,” he added, according to The Guardian. “I wanted to get back to square one, so I ended up forming Wings.”

“It was difficult to know what to do after The Beatles. How do you follow that?” McCartney continued.

The episode of Mastertapes will be aired on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday (May 28). The full filmed interview is live on the Radio 4 website and below.


McCartney also spoke about how Wings “weren’t that good”. He said: “We were terrible. We knew Linda couldn’t play, but she learned, and looking back on it, I’m really glad we did it… I could have just formed a supergroup, and rung up Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and John Bonham, but you still remember the names of the people who gave you really bad, vicious reviews: Charles Shaar Murray [former NME journalist] shall ever be hated!”

Paul McCartney recently paid tribute to The Beatles’ press officer Tony Barrow, who is credited with coining the phrase “The Fab Four”.

Earlier this month, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono attended the memorial service of late Beatles producer George Martin, who passed away in March aged 90.