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Sir Paul McCartney won’t sign autographs anymore – and he doesn’t like selfies either


Macca would rather have a real connection (Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Sorry, but Sir Paul McCartney won’t be signing signing autographs anymore.

The 79-year-old Beatles legend doesn’t see the point in fans having his signature
because him and his fans ‘know who I am’, and he insisted he’s never understood the appeal as a keepsake.

He told Reader’s Digest: ‘It always struck me as a bit strange – “Here, can I write your name down on the back of this till receipt please?” Why? We both know who I am.’

The Let it Be hitmaker also doesn’t get why anyone would want a poor-quality selfie with him and insisted he would rather have a nice chat with his fans.

He added: ‘What you’ve usually got is a ropey photo with a poor backdrop
and me looking a bit miserable. Let’s chat, let’s exchange stories.’

Back in 2008, Macca’s bandmate, Sir Ringo Starr, 81, announced he would
not be signing any more autographs or accepting fan mail, as more often
than not the signed items are sold on.

Ringo previously said he’s got no time for fan mail (Picture: Roberto Serra – Iguana Press/Getty Images)

In a video message to fans, the legendary drummer said at the time: ‘Serious message to everybody watching my update right now peace and love, peace and love.

‘I want to tell you, please. After the 20th of October, do not send fan mail to any address that you have, nothing will be signed after the 20th of October, if that has a date on the envelope, it’s going to be tossed.

‘I’m warning you with peace and love I have too much to do. So no more fan mail, thank you, thank you, and no objects to be signed, Nothing. Anyway, peace, love, peace, of love.’

Meanwhile, Macca recently denied he was the band member who ‘instigated’ the iconic Liverpool group’s split in 1970 and insisted it was actually the late John Lennon – who was tragically murdered aged 40 in 1980 – who was behind their decision to call it a day.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s new series This Cultural Life, he said: ‘I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny. This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to
continue.’

On the speculation that was rife at the time that their demise was his doing, the music legend insisted: ‘I had to live with that because that was what people saw. All I could do is say, “no.” I am not the person who instigated the split.

‘Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said I am leaving
the Beatles. Is that instigating the split, or not?’

Lennon had told the rest of the band that he wanted to leave the group.

And McCartney suggested the other members – also including the late
George Harrison, who died aged 58 in 2001 – had all reached the same
point in their lives when it was time to move on, even if they didn’t
realise it at the time.

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