This is his first ever in-depth interview and it’s clear that he’s looking forward to it like a trip to the dentist.
But though talking about his background is difficult, James is honest and likeable, and looks me straight in the eye while he speaks about the advantages and difficulties of growing up in one of the most famous – and wealthiest – families in the world.‘I’m naturally guarded because of the way I was brought up,’ he tells me.
He has since suffered from drugs and alcohol addictions, but says he has been sober for the last seven months. “But I wouldn’t want to say anything negative about her because she’s good mother to Beatrice [Sir Paul’s daughter by Mills] and that’s the most important thing.”He said his relationship with Sir Paul’s current wife Nancy Shevell is much better.
He admitted that he "didn't like" Heather Mills, whom his Beatle father married in 2002 and divorced in 2008.
‘But I understand people are interested in who I am. Having said that I want people to know who I really am – I’m OK with the truth.’He discusses his father’s disastrous marriage to Heather Mills (‘I didn’t like her’), the pain of losing his mother Linda, and how he ‘lost’ most of his 20s in a haze of drugs – a downward spiral that ended in rehab and caused a rift with his father.
Though his accent is softly modulated English, he peppers his conversation with Americanisms such as ‘awesome’, which are clearly a throwback to his American mother and perhaps the influence of his father’s third wife, New York heiress Nancy Shevell.
He is now “several months sober” and has “re-bonded” with his family after drifting apart. He has previously disclosed he would consider forming a “next generation” Beatles with the offspring of other band members, saying: “"I'd be up for it.
Speaking of his family life, with the new addition of stepmother Nancy Shevall, he said: “Nancy’s my new mother. Sean [Lennon]seemed to be into it, Dhani [Harrison]seemed to be into it.
Though he has played guitar since childhood, it’s only now that James has decided to follow his father into the music business, a prospect he describes as simultaneously ‘thrilling and a bit nerve-racking’.‘I felt with The Beatles legacy that there was pressure on me to do music, and while I always loved music and it was always around me at home, I thought about doing other things. I didn’t want to be a cliche – the Beatle’s son who became a musician.’Like his sisters, James went to state-run Thomas Peacocke school in Rye, East Sussex, near the family’s 160-acre farm. I don’t want to weird him out.’Was he aware, as a child, that his dad was ‘different’? I was treated normally at school, but there was always stuff going on when we went out. Sir Paul announced last year that he was giving up a long-time marijuana habit to be ‘most present’ for Beatrice, his nine-year-old daughter with Heather Mills. ‘No, it was mainly on my own.’It was his father’s heart problems – in 2007 Paul had angioplasty surgery to open up several blocked heart valves – that led to a rapprochement. James Louis Mc Cartney (born 12 September 1977) is a British musician and songwriter living in London.He admitted to alienating himself from his family following the death of his mother Linda in 1998, but says he has now “re-bonded” with his father and even played on two of Sir Paul’s solo albums. The musician, who is currently trying to break America with a 42-date tour, said in an interview that he was so grief-stricken following his mother's death that he slept in his father Sir Paul's bed. That first night, in Arizona, when she’d just died I thought it would be too sad for Dad to sleep on his own so I kept him company,” he told the His mother Linda's death, he said, “was very detrimental to my relationship with my family” and resulted in him being admitted to a rehabilitation centre in Arizona for drug dependency.