Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell, 18-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell

Sugar Daddy Paul McCartney and Nancy ShevellPaul McCart­ney holds the Guin­ness World Records title of the most suc­cess­ful com­poser and record­ing artist in pop­u­lar music—he’s sold 100 mil­lion albums and has 60 gold discs.

McCart­ney first found fame as a mem­ber of the iconic pop group the Bea­t­les, writ­ing and com­pos­ing many of their most pop­u­lar tracks—his song “Yes­ter­day” con­tin­ues to be one of the most cov­ered titles in his­tory. When the Bea­t­les split up in 1970, McCart­ney pur­sued his solo career, which landed him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1999.

In 1963, amid the wild fame of the Bea­t­les, McCart­ney started dat­ing actress Jane Asher. Only a cou­ple months after get­ting engaged in 1967, Asher broke it off after she caught him hav­ing an affair with another woman. That same year, McCart­ney con­nected with pho­tog­ra­pher Linda East­man, and the two were mar­ried six months later. McCart­ney often cred­ited East­man for encour­ag­ing him to keep work­ing on his music after the break-up of the Bea­t­les. In 1998, East­man lost her bat­tle against breast cancer.

Two years after his wife’s death, tabloids had a field day when McCart­ney was spot­ted at sev­eral events with the much younger Heather Mills, a model who became famous for con­tin­u­ing her run­way career with a pros­thetic limb after los­ing half her leg in a car acci­dent. When McCart­ney and Mills went pub­lic with their rela­tion­ship in Jan­u­ary 2000, he was going on 59 and she had just turned 32. They mar­ried in 2002, sep­a­rated in 2006, and offi­cially divorced in 2008. She walked away with $38.5 mil­lion in the set­tle­ment. McCart­ney was also ordered to cover their daughter’s nanny and school fees, as well as pro­vide her with an annual salary of $70,000 until she turned 17.

Despite the rocky end to his mar­riage with Mills, there must have been some­thing that appealed to McCart­ney about being with a younger woman because, in 2011, he mar­ried Nancy Shev­ell, who was 18 years younger than him. Shev­ell may not have been a famous model, but she was a suc­cess in her own right as the vice pres­i­dent of her family’s New York trans­porta­tion con­glom­er­ate, and a board mem­ber of the New York Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Author­ity. She’s also the sec­ond cousin of TV per­son­al­ity Bar­bara Wal­ters, and was report­edly a close friend of McCartney’s first wife.

McCart­ney and Shev­ell are still hap­pily mar­ried. In fact, his 2012 orig­i­nal track “My Valen­tine” was writ­ten for her, and he per­formed it for her live at their wed­ding before releas­ing it on his album. If the lyrics really do hold true, this celebrity cou­ple is sure to last, because as he sings in the song: “And I will love her for life. And I will never let a day go by with­out remem­ber­ing the rea­sons why. She makes me cer­tain, that I can fly.”


“My Valen­tine Lyrics Paul McCart­ney,” Metro Lyrics web site;, last accessed June 24, 2013.