Paul McCartney speaks out on unexpected revelation with Lady Gaga ‘I kick myself’
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Sir Paul McCartney, who was a member of The Beatles, has spoken candidly about his 60-year career on stage and touched on his life living in the limelight. The 78-year-old legendary musician has addressed the pressures of navigating fame, the music industry and the impact on his mental health.
The Beatles singer recently reflected on an unexpected moment he shared with pop singer Lady Gaga.
Paul was working alongside the Bad Romance hitmaker, who he claimed was the first artist to ever talk to him about “self-loathing” when it came to writing new music.
The Live and Let Die singer admitted there have been moments in his career where he felt his songs could be considered “terrible” but added: “It’s not a road I want to go down.”
Paul explained: “I remember talking to Lady Gaga about something we were doing together and she was saying ‘Well, there’s the self-loathing.’
“And I think, ‘S**t, that’s the first time I’d ever heard anyone talk about that.’”
He continued: “And her, she was, like, at the top of her game, massively popular and everything she was doing was a hit, but she was just talking about self- loathing.
“And I’m saying, ‘I kind of know what you mean, but I’m not allowing that. I’m not having that. It’s not a road I want to go down.’ But you do get it.”
Paul explained that often “someone you respect” can often help you see something in a song that you initially thought was “c**p”.
“Any time you write a song, you’re going, ‘This is crap. This is terrible. Come on,'” he explained to GQ Magazine. “So I kick myself and say, ‘Get it better. If it’s terrible, get it better.’”
Paul added: “And sometimes someone will come along, someone who you respect, and say, ‘No, that’s great. Don’t worry about that,’ and then show you a side to it that you didn’t notice and then you’ll go, ‘Oh yeah.’”
The singer and Lady Gaga first teamed up in the studio together back in 2015.
Paul first rose to fame in the 1960s with The Beatles alongside John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
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The group split after a decade together in 1970 and they went on to focus on solo projects.
In the same interview, the father-of-five addressed the band’s break-up, 50 years on.
“I suppose that when The Beatles broke up, perhaps there was a misconception that we all sort of hated each other,” he divulged.
“What I realise now is that, because it was a family, because it was a gang, families argue.
“And families have disputes. And some people want to do this and some people want to do that.”
Sir Paul McCartney on the cover of GQ magazine [BRITISH GQ MAGAZINE]
Sir Paul was due to headline the Pyramid stage at what was meant to be Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary this year.
The annual summer festival was cancelled following the global coronavirus pandemic which has seen mass gatherings nationwide halted.
Paul previously teased his appearance earlier this year, saying to BBC Radio 2: “People are saying that it will be good if I did it, so I’m starting to think about whether I can or whether it would be a good thing. It’s starting to become some remote kind of possibility.”
Read the full feature in the September issue of British GQ available via digital download and on newsstands out now.
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