- One of Paul McCartney’s serious girlfriends was named Jane Asher.
- Paul McCartney’s girlfriend shared what she saw as his worst quality.
- Marianne Faithfull witnessed a fight between Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Jane.
Paul McCartney’s marriage to his wife Linda was one of the most secure and long-lasting unions in the entertainment industry. Before they met, though, McCartney dated his first love of his, Jane Asher. He wrote a number of love songs about her, but their relationship was not perfect. Asher said that the way McCartney treated her when fans were around was selfish. She believed that this was his worst quality of him.
Paul McCartney’s longtime girlfriend was Jane Asher
Asher first met The Beatles in 1963, when Beatlemania was ablaze in England. She was an actor and a panelist on the show Juke Box Jury, which rated music. McCartney said he was immediately interested in her.
“I met Jane Asher when she was sent by the Radio Times to cover a concert we were in at the Royal Albert Hall — we had a photo taken with her for the magazine and we all fancied her,” he said, per Express. “We’d thought she was blonde, because we had only ever seen her on black-and-white telly doing Juke Box Jury, but she turned out to be a redhead. So it was: ‘Wow, you’re a redhead!’ I tried pulling her, succeeded, and we were boyfriend and girlfriend for quite a long time.”
They dated for years, and Asher inspired Beatles songs such as “All My Loving” and “We Can Work It Out.”
Paul McCartney’s girlfriend said he could be selfish
Due to McCartney’s rapidly rising popularity, Asher had to deal with fans for the entirety of their romance. As she was also in the public eye, this didn’t bother her much, though it grated on her that McCartney wanted to impress Beatles fans just as much as her de ella. When she went to Paris to see The Beatles, McCartney wanted her to join the band in their suite de ella so fans would n’t recognize her de ella traveling to and from the hotel.
“That’s just typical Paul,” she said, per the book Paul McCartney: A Life by Peter Ames Carlin. “It’s just that he’s so insecure… the trouble is, he wants the fans’ adulation and mine, too.”
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She didn’t think he could tell the difference between her love and attention from fans.
“He’s so selfish; it’s his biggest fault of his,” she said. “He can’t see that my feelings for him are real and that the fans’ are fantasy.”
Others noted that their relationship was in trouble
The cracks in Asher and McCartney’s relationship deepened. One evening, Marianne Faithfull visited the couple and watched as they silently fought all night.
“I love watching people living their domestic life and seeing how that goes,” she explained, adding, “I always thought Jane and Paul were very tense. I do remember very clearly an evening at Cavendish Avenue where she wanted the window shut and he wanted the window open. That was really like Joe Orton play. It was f***ing great.”
They never addressed the argument, but Faithfull said it was obvious that their relationship was in trouble.
“I sat there all night watching Jane get up and open it, and Paul close it, and it was just like, nothing was said,” she said. “And quite soon after that they split up, which of course I could have told anyone they would.”
In 1968, after five years together, the couple ended their relationship.