McCartney says it's important to remember that "difficulties" are "a private affair"

By Shruti Dhalwala
November 04, 2006 01:00 PM

Paul McCartney spoke Friday night about remaining dignified amid his ongoing painful divorce from Heather Mills.

“I think when you’re going through difficulties, the thing to do for the sake of all the people concerned is to keep a certain dignity and remember that it is a private affair, and that way you’ll probably get through it better,” McCartney told BBC’s Radio 4 at the debut performance of his new classical music album, Ecce Cor Meum, in London.

“You’ll put less noses out of joint, and I think it’s a more dignified way to go about it, so that’s what I try to do,” he continued.

“I don’t hold grudges against anyone, I don’t blame anyone for the sadnesses that have happened to me. I’m sad about them because it would stupid to be otherwise. But I think life goes on, and it is what you make of it, so I am pretty optimistic.”

The optimism showed at the packed Royal Albert Hall, where the 64-year-old ex-Beatle smiled, waved and blew kisses to the audience. Several fans held up homemade signs that read “You have my heart,” a play on the album’s title, which means “behold my heart” in Latin.

During the performance, McCartney sat next to his daughter, designer Stella McCartney, 35, and her husband Alasdhair Willis.

After a standing ovation for the performers – the St. Martin’s in the Fields Orchestra, a boys choir and soprano Kate Royal – he strode onto the stage, excited and beaming, and said it was “a privilege to be in the presence of such fine musicians.

“This has been such a long labor of love for me,” he told the audience. “And so many great people have helped me that I can’t begin to name them. And I have so many wonderful people – my family, my friends from forever – who are here tonight.”

He has said that the album was inspired by his first wife, Linda, who died from breast cancer in 1998.

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