You might think you've heard all the stories about The Beatles before, but we can almost guarantee you that you haven't heard this one. During a recent long-spanning interview, where the conversation discussed a variety of different talking points, Paul McCartney disclosed an incident that was once deeply private: the time John Lennon, McCartney and a few of their friends masturbated together in Lennon's house. Insert your getting by "with a little help from my friends" joke here. Believe it or not, this moment became one of the ways in which these endearing music legends bonded during their earlier years. Here's how McCartney explained it. Let's just say that "Come Together" is never going to be heard the same way ever again.
The adult admission came during Paul McCartney's extended conversation with GQ. The musician regaled the story upon reflecting back on his earlier years before the musicians became their self-appointed "Beatles." It was an earlier time. Perhaps even a simpler one. As he recounts it in this revealing interview, there wasn't a specific reason why the group of men decided to engage in this extracurricular activity together. It just sorta happened all at once-- as it was recounted by McCartney at least. To provide inspiration in the dark room, the men apparently shouted out different names of people they fancied, and that's what kept them going through their individual acts. Looking back on the moment now, Sir Paul admits it was "raunchy."
When asked if Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and the other men involved engaged in this group session (or "ritual") more than once, McCartney claimed it was a "one-off." In any case, it wasn't a regular occurrence, though it did have a lasting impact, as it is a memory that has stuck with the long-standing musician all these decades earlier. Paul McCartney claims that it was "good harmless fun," and that nobody got hurt in the process. It seems like, looking back upon it now, the singer is more amused by what happened more than anything else.
Meanwhile, this interview isn't the first time Paul McCartney has looked back on life-changing memories and revealed new secrets to the wide-eyed public. In another recent interview published last week, McCartney talked about the time he believes he saw God while he was hallucinating on drugs.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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