Paul McCartney spoke candidly about taking his kids on the road in the 1970s during the wings time. Asked by a fan who sent a question to his PaulMcCartney.com website about it, “Macca” replied, “It was interesting and it was wacky. Our main reason was that we were worried about leaving the kids at home and then asking a nanny or someone to ‘calling saying ‘oh, they went to the hospital’ or ‘they’re really sick’, and we’d be way off in Australia or something.”
He went on to explain, “When we decided to take them, we tried to be very careful about sensible things like their upbringing. We did things like go to their school and ask the teachers what class they were going to do while we were away, and then we had a tutor come with us – the kids hated him! They didn’t like being told in the afternoon that it was “school time!” They protested: ‘No, we want to go to the beach!’ »
McCartney, who now has eight grandchildren, added: “But it was great – it was nice to have them with us. They joke about it now, saying they were hippie kids from the commune! was great for us, and I think it was great for them. It meant we didn’t have to worry about them, because they were there with us. And we thought if you want to know the geography, going to all these places was useful – it was part of their education, so yes, it was interesting!
Paul and Linda McCartneythe daughter of Stella McCartneywho is now 50, explained that having strong parents and a close relationship with her siblings grounded her and paved the way for her success: “You know, I look at my upbringing and I think that allowed me not to have to compromise. That’s one of the biggest blessings that it gave me, that I still have, in somehow knew – I always know – that if things go horribly wrong, I can fall back on a really loving, caring, unconditional family unit and everything will be fine, y’know? I have a good buffer and I think that it allowed me not to compromise my ethics by entering my workplace.
While appearing on NBC TodayPaul McCartney was asked if his grandchildren knew early on how popular and recognizable he was: “No, they didn’t. You know, I say, ‘People come to to see me!’ (To laugh) ‘People Pay come see me, I’m famous! (They say) ‘Yeah, yeah, we’re watching TV.’ They gradually get fame. They get, like, people who always want a picture of me – but they are very. . . they are very cool with it.