Paul McCartney has revealed that he gave up smoking cannabis because he didn’t want to be a bad influence on his children or grandchildren.
The former Beatle, who turns 73 in June and has five children and eight grandchildren, recently spoke to the Daily Mirror about how he cut out the drug “a long time ago”.
“I don’t do it anymore,” McCartney is quoted as saying. “Why? The truth is I don’t really want to set [a bad] example to my kids and grandkids. It’s now a parent thing.”
McCartney experienced numerous run-ins with the law over cannabis possession in the past, first in Sweden in 1972 and most recently in 1984 whilst on holiday in Barbados.
“Back then I was just some guy around London having a ball, and the kids were little so I’d just try and keep it out of their faces,” McCartney added to the paper. “Instead of smoking a spliff I’ll now have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita. The last time I smoked was a long time ago.”
McCartney was allegedly first introduced to cannabis by Bob Dylan in 1964. In 1997, he urged the UK government to decriminalise the drug, saying: “People are smoking pot anyway and to make them criminals is wrong”.
Paul McCartney teamed up live with Dave Grohl for a rendition of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ at his London show last week (May 23). He also performed his 1980 track ‘Temporary Secretary’ live for the first time ever.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Paul McCartney was close to being cast in hit US sitcom Friends. The former Beatle was originally asked to play Ross Geller’s British father-in-law in 1998.