Paul McCartney Opens Up About John Lennon’s Tragic Life

Paul McCartney recently chatted with Conan O’Brien at Tribeca Film Festival and recalled how ‘vulnerable’ John Lennon really was while giving an exclusive insight into the late rocker’s personal life.

The singer was at Tribeca to promote his upcoming book, ‘1964: Eyes of the Storm,’ featuring 275 unseen photographs from Paul’s personal collection, depicting the Beatles’ early days.

So, while McCartney and O’Brien were discussing the said pictures and looking through some of them, a black-and-white snap of a young Lennon appeared. Then, Conan suggested how ‘anxious and vulnerable’ John looked, and Paul agreed to a certain degree, stating:

“I don’t know about the anxiety, but the vulnerability is very true. [John] had a really tragic life. As a kid, his mother was decreed to not be good enough to bring him up. His father had left the home when John was three. So that’s not too wonderful.”

The Beatles icon then delved deeper into Lennon’s personal ‘tragedies’ and discussed how he couldn’t have dealt with those troubles as easily as John did, saying:

“John grew up with these sort of little minor tragedies through his life… It made me realize why he had that vulnerability. I always admired the way he dealt with it because I’m not sure I would deal with the stuff he went through that well.”

It’s not an exact secret that Lennon had been through ‘unsettling times‘ as a kid, a fact that, perhaps, he never tried to hide, as the rocker even composed the track ‘Mother’ and addressed his problematic relationship with his parents.

And while recalling John’s memory and ‘tragedies’ through old pictures, McCartney also recently made headlines with his mixing of Lennon’s old demos with AI to make one final Beatles record, and it feels that the rocker is not ready to move on from his band’s legacy just yet, whether it be through getting ready to publish his visual memoir or recording a new album.

You can watch the interview and check out John’s picture below.