Paul McCartney says some loved ones ‘were close to going under’ with COVID-19 ‘Scary time’

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Sir Paul McCartney, 78, rose to fame in one of the biggest bands of all time, The Beatles, with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Without naming names, the legendary musician has now revealed some of his friends “were close to going under” due to coronavirus, as he compared it to the likes of bird flu.

It was a very scary time.

Paul McCartney

Paul addressed his thoughts on the first lockdown, which began back in March.

The UK has now been in the second lockdown since November 5, which is predicted to last until December 2.

“It was a very scary time,” he shared.

“Other scares we’ve had – SARS, avian flu – they seemed to happen to other people.

“But this was happening to everyone, people you knew, everyone in the world.”

The rock star then revealed in the interview with Uncut: “Some of my friends, some people I knew were close to going under with it.”

The crooner, who is married to third wife Nancy Shevell and has five children, went into no further details as to who had caught COVID-19.

It comes after Paul spoke out on releasing a new solo album, recorded in June during the first lockdown.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt last month, he divulged: “I was just messing around, never suspecting for one second that this was going to be an album.”

He then revealed to his fans that some of the songs he produced had “echoes of the pandemic”.

Paul said one features the lyric: “When the cold days come, we’ll wish that we had seized the day.”

Speaking of its meaning further, he added: “That was me reminding myself, and anyone listening, that you’ve got to grab the good stuff and get on through the pandemic.”

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The Beatles sensation admitted his high spirits through such an uncertain time came from his parents’ experiences during the blitz in Liverpool during World War Two.

“They survived,” he shared.

“They survived the bombing and losing people left, right and centre, and yet they came out of it with an incredible spirit.”

Paul added the very words he kept telling himself during lockdown: “So it’s good to think, ‘Well, if they could do it, I can do it.'”

The album, McCartney III, is set to be released on December 11, just in time for Christmas.

It has now been 50 years ago since The Beatles broke up.

In September, Paul opened up about a picture taken by his first wife Linda of himself and the late John Lennon writing songs together during the 60s.

Speaking to John’s son Sean Ono Lennon, he said: “That picture gave me hope. It’s me and John writing.

“You can see we’re into each other.”

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