Grumpy Paul McCartney Says He’ll Never do This Again

All you need is love – but not an autograph from Sir Paul McCartney.

The Beatle has gotten quite persnickety when it comes to fans seeking his signature.

But at age 79, he has earned the right to be.

In a new interview, McCartney shared that while he’s happy to have a conversation with fans, he will not participate in scribbling his John Hancock or posing for selfies.

“[It] always struck me as a bit strange,” the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter told Reader’s Digest UK for a November 2021 cover story. “‘Here, can I write your name down on the back of this till receipt please?’ Why? We both know who I am.”

McCartney has found that stopping those kinds of interactions are better in the long run.

“What you’ve usually got is a ropey photo with a poor backdrop and me looking a bit miserable,” he said. “Let’s chat, let’s exchange stories.”

The beloved Beatles musician is following suit from his former bandmate, Ringo Starr, who’s also not a fan of the fanatical practice.

In 2008, Starr warned fans to stop sending him fan mail or presenting him with objects to autograph.

“I’m warning you with peace and love. I have too much to do, so no more fan mail!” the beloved drummer said in a video message. “And no objects to be signed. Nothing! Anyway, peace and love, peace and love.”


  • Those are reasonable requests. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr need a well-deserved and completely permanent break from signing autographs, posing for selfies, and answering fan mail. They’ve done it for decades. That’s enough. But isn’t it awesome that they and their music have remained popular over such a long expanse of time? From the early 1960s to 2021 is an astonishingly long period of success in the music industry or in any industry or career. And they’re still with us! God bless them.

  • I was never a Beatles fan, they only had a couple of songs that I liked so I Don’t really Care what McCartney does or doesn’t do, totally Irrelevant.

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