In an new interview with CBS News, the Beatles icon described how Lennon often turned to him for reassurance when he experienced doubts over his reputation.
“I remember him once particularly strangely, out of the blue, saying, ‘I worry about how people are going to remember me,'” McCartney said.
“And I was like, ‘John listen to me, look at me. You’re going to be remembered as one of the greatest people.'”
But while he offered an ear of reassurance to Lennon, McCartney admits that he still experiences self-doubt himself.
“I think if you care about what you’re doing, if you really want to get it right, then you’ve got to deal with insecurities,”, McCartney admitted.
“It’s what makes it right.”
Meanwhile, McCartney recently admitted that Lennon only once complimented his songwriting.
“It was ‘Here, There and Everywhere’,” said McCartney. “John says just as it finishes, ‘That’s a really good song, lad. I love that song.’ And I’m like, ‘Yes! He likes it!’”
McCartney then said that he would often compliment Lennon, but that “you’d normally have to be a little drunk.”
In other Beatles news, it was recently announced that the band’s seminal ‘White Album’ is due for re-release to celebrate the record’s 50th anniversary.