As part of his monthly "You Gave Me The Answer" column on his official website (PaulMcCartney.com), Paul McCartney spoke frankly about his roles as both a father and a husband.
When asked, "What do you consider your 'role' as a father and a husband?," the former-Beatle answered, "I would say that being a father and being a husband are two completely different things. As far as being a dad is concerned, I’ve always just tried to give my kids a bit of guidance, if they seem to need it — but that was mainly when they were younger. Now that they are older, they’re guiding me! They don’t need so much guidance these days but if there’s ever a problem, I’m very happy to be the guy they come to. So, that’s largely the thing of being a dad. You’re just there to help, and I suppose have fun with — we do have a lot of fun. Now they’re older we can have a drink together, for instance!"
On what would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday — October 9th, 2011 — McCartney — a father of five, walked down the isle for a third time with his then-girlfriend of four years, the New York socialite, Nancy Shevell.
Macca went on to explain, "When it comes to being a husband. . . I see it as just trying to be good to my wife Nancy and trying to be considerate and romantic. I completely overdo Valentine’s Day! I mean, there’s not just one card, there are cards hidden around the room, and sometimes things even spill into the next day — it’s completely silly. If there’s an excuse to have some fun, I overdo it! At Christmas, I go crazy with the tree lights and fairy lights — totally overdo it."
While appearing on NBC's Today, Paul McCartney was asked if early on his now eight grandchildren had any idea how popular and recognizable he was: ["No, they didn't. Y'know, I say, 'People come to see me!' (Laughter) 'People pay to come and see me — I'm famous!' (They say) 'Yeah, yeah, we're watching TV.' They gradually get the fame thing. They get, like, people always wanting a photo of me — but they're very. . . they're very cool with it."] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . cool with it)