Jane Asher announces her split from Paul McCartney

8.00pm, Saturday 20 July 1968 (45 years ago)

In an appearance on the BBC Television show Dee Time, Jane Asher told host Simon Dee that her engagement to Paul McCartney had been called off.

I haven’t broken it off, but it is broken off, finished.

I know it sounds corny, but we still see each other and love each other, but it hasn’t worked out. Perhaps we’ll be childhood sweethearts and meet again and get married when we’re about 70.

Jane Asher
Dee Time

Tellingly, Asher had failed to attend the world premiere of Yellow Submarine three days earlier; all the other Beatles’ partners were there.

I always feel very wary including Jane in The Beatles; history. She’s never gone into print about our relationship, whilst everyone on earth has sold their story. So I’d feel weird being the one to kiss and tell.

We had a good relationship. Even with touring there were enough occasions to keep a reasonable relationship going. To tell the truth, the women at that time got sidelined. Now it would be seen as very chauvinist of us. Then it was like: ‘We are four miners who go down the pit. You don’t need women down the pit, do you? We won’t have women down the pit.’ A lot of what we, The Beatles, did was very much in an enclosed scene. Other people found it difficult – even John‘s wife, Cynthia, found it very difficult – to penetrate the screen that we had around us. As a kind of safety barrier we had a lot of ‘in’ jokes, little signs, references to music; we had a common bond in that and it was very difficult for any ‘outsider’ to penetrate. That possibly wasn’t good for relationships back then.

Paul McCartney
Anthology

McCartney and Asher had been together for five years, since meeting at the Royal Albert Hall in 1963. However, McCartney had a string of other girls, mainly while The Beatles were touring – and in 1968 began an affair with an American woman, Francie Schwartz.

Asher arrived unexpectedly at McCartney’s home in Cavendish Avenue, London, where she found him in bed with Schwartz. She walked out and sent her mother to collect her belongings, signalling an end to the relationship.

I think inevitably when I moved to Cavendish Avenue, I realised that she and I weren’t really going to be the thing we’d always thought we might be. Once or twice we talked about getting married, and plans were afoot but I don’t know, something really made me nervous about the whole thing. It just never settled with me, and as that’s very important for me, things must feel comfortable for me, I think it’s a pretty good gauge if you’re lucky enough. You’re not always lucky enough, but if they can feel comfortable then there’s something very special about that feeling. I hadn’t quite managed to be able to get it with Jane.
Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

10 Responses to “Jane Asher announces her split from Paul McCartney”

  1. Angie

    That is so sad. I wonder if they ever had closer, or if they always felt like they had not, even when Paul met and married Linda, and Jane married some one too. Did they ever see each other from time to time ?

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    • Simo

      Wonder of that too. I know Jane doesn’t want to ever talk ’bout her relationship with Paul and it’s very sad and i can understand her very well.She certainly doesn’t want to remember how she felt left apart from Paul (what a genious of you, paul T_T really a genious!). Though, i’d be very very happy to know if they ever talked and met each other after all…

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      • Alex

        They did, and good for Paul. It WAS genius for him to enjoy himself, he’s a Beatle. Good for him to not get stuck with Jane. Linda was way cooler and more mature in every way. I read that Paul “lost himself to drink and drugs” after this break up, which is utter nonsense. He had passed his most severe drug use already. He continued to fling around with tons of worshipping ladies and then called up Linda and had the greatest relationship of his life.

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        • Fool on the Hill

          From what I’ve read about the “breakup” of Paul and Jane, when Jane found Francie Schwartz and Paul in their (Paul and Jane’s) bed, it was the last straw. Yes, he had been unfaithful previously. Francie Schwartz was more than a one nighter, she even is noted as a background singer (I think Yellow Submarine, All Together Now, etc). She was present with Yoko during the “Mad Day Out” photo shoot. Francie says Jane knocked on the bedroom door before she entered to find them in bed together. This statement tells me Jane was well aware of his fooling around.

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          • JC

            Yes. What many fans tend not to know is that Jane and Paul were mainly a media couple… I hung around with the Beatles quite a bit, and I didn’t see Jane at all. They were often in different cities, and didn’t even see each other until they were going out together. Jane also saw other people; it really wasn’t like they were dating those times apart. They were very love stuck in the beginning, faded away, then became close again a few months before the India trip. It wasn’t meant to be… they didn’t have the complete love bond Paul & Linda always did.

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  2. Cash Shoes

    why Paul? Why did you cheat on Jane? She was so pretty and sweet. So what if it didn’t feel right? You didn’t have to cheat on her :(

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    • Alex

      He didn’t cheat because he didn’t it didn’t feel right, he cheated all the time on Jane. He had sex with tons of girls then. Besides, Paul even hints here that he never could be totally comfortable with her and has also said elsewhere that Linda was the “first woman” he had fallen for, and that the others had been “girls” and “shrinking violets” so I think it was for the best.

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      • Stacy Q.

        yes! I completely agree; it always seemed to me that they were a TV couple; there are no pictures or anything of them being loving or anything; just standing there, semi-awkwardly, and smiling. Paul certainly wasn’t in love -I doubt Jane was-, but if she was, and believed she and Paul were meant for each other, she was being a foolish girl.

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  3. JP

    Wow! Everybody was really screwing everybody! Surprised Paul hasn’t had more love-childs creeping out the woodwork!

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