The legend of The Beatles is already set. The band produced epoch-defining music, achieved international superstardom, and became cultural cornerstones. Paul McCartney didn’t need to add any new elements to their story, but fuck it: sometimes you just feel like adding knowledge of a group masturbation session to your legacy.

In a new and bracingly candid interview with GQ, the singer and bassist behind some of the biggest hits of all time admitted that at least once, he and the boys gathered round, turned off the lights, and, uh. Masturbated.

Describing an incident in the pre-fame days, McCartney said the gang was “over at [John Lennon’s] house, and it was just a group of us.

“And instead of just getting roaring drunk and partying—I don’t even know if we were staying over or anything—we were all just in these chairs, and the lights were out, and somebody started masturbating, so we all did.”

McCartney said members of that troupe were goaded into yelling out the names of whoever they were picturing, and that Lennon, always the one to go over the top, yelled outWinston Churchill!” for shits and giggles.

“There’s so many things like that from when you’re a kid that you look back on and you’re, ‘Did we do that?,'” McCartney said.

“But it was good harmless fun. It didn’t hurt anyone.”

In the same chat, the 76-year-old elaborated on his sexual encounters in Las Vegas, Lennon’s other alleged proclivities, microdosing, and working with Kanye West. But lord almighty, none of those admissions are quite so startling as the aforementioned group session.

If you’re dead keen to read more, scope out the full interview HERE. 

Source: GQ
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