As every Beatles fan knows, Paul McCartney lost his wife in 1998. Linda McCartney, who made a name for herself through her photography and her strident advocacy for animal rights, had been married to Paul since 1969. And, naturally, when she passed away at the age of 56, Paul was left completely bereft. Two decades on, however, the former Beatles star chose to open up about Linda’s death and reveal the heartbreaking truth about how it had affected him.
And it’s true that grief can take many forms. Some people choose to mourn privately, for example, while others want to display their emotions openly. For someone as much in the spotlight as Paul, though, there was the added aspect of the whole world knowing about the bereavement, as Linda’s death made headline news.