Sir Paul recalls Lennon death shock
Sir Paul McCartney has spoken of his shock at learning of the murder of fellow ex-Beatle John Lennon and his relief they had managed to "get back" together before his death.
In a frank interview, broadcast on tonight's The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, the music legend opened up about his friend's death in December 1980 and healing the rift between them after the band's split in 1970.
Speaking on the programme, Sir Paul described the moment nearly 34 years ago when he first heard Lennon had been shot dead by Mark David Chapman in New York.
He said: "I was at home and I got a phone call. It was early in the morning, I was in the country and I just got a phone call and it was like - (moves his body back in shock) - I think it was like that for everyone.
"It was just so horrific, you couldn't take it in and I couldn't take it in and I just for days couldn't think that he was gone ... It was just a huge shock, then I had to tell Linda (Sir Paul's late wife) and the kids and it was very difficult... It was very difficult for everyone."
Sir Paul held back tears as he said the worst thing for him about the murderer was he had no real motivation for his actions.
He said: "For me it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see him (Lennon) again and we weren't going to hang.
"The phrase kept coming in my head 'The jerk of all jerks'. It was just like 'this is just a jerk, this is not even a guy politically motivated, it's just some total random thing."
Speaking about rifts in the band that led to its collapse, Sir Paul said it was all down to "business".
"We got to a point where we got really crappy over business," he explained. "To me that rubbed off on me and for years I thought 'oh me and John, bitter rivals' and all this stuff. "
However, he described himself as being "very lucky" the two men had managed to get over their differences before Lennon's death.
He said that fighting each other eventually became "boring" and they started to talk again.
Both their partners had recently given birth and they bonded over "normal stuff" such as being new fathers and about recipes for making bread.
"I'm so glad because it would have been the worst thing in the world to have this great relationship that then soured and he gets killed, so there was some solace in the fact that we got back together. We were good friends.
"The story about the break-up, it's true but it's not the main bit, the main bit was the affection."