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Am I the only one that feels really really bad for Jane?
2 November 2019
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I apologize if any of this sounds petty...but am I the only one that feels very bad for Jane Asher? She's no tragic figure and got over the whole thing in like two seconds (and I'm aware about her seeing some guy in the Bristol Old Vic thing), but the stuff I've been reading in books and elsewhere: she's was kicked at, hair yanked and threatened by jealous fans, having to be at odds with Paul and his friend's drug use, finds him in bed with somebody else and breaks up, she loses her father to suicide a year later, and if this is correct based on some anecdotes I've seen, Linda had something against her despite the two literally having never interacted in any shape or form at all. Like what...sorry but damn.

2 November 2019
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Huh, I'd not heard about a lot of that. That's pretty bad, but I feel like Jane is a trooper and doesn't need any pity from anyone. Interesting nonetheless.

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2 November 2019
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Jane is a classy woman......A big part of the story and Paul's muse for years.......We owe a lot of songs in part to her....

I've related elsewhere my most tenuous of connections with her.......

 

She's never spoken about any of it.......Class!

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4 November 2019
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Yeah, the fact that she's never given in to anybody about what happened is very impressive and I admire her a lot. She is a very strong woman! But I just can't help but think that, especially that Linda thing, if true, is still kind of pathetic...there was an article I saw on the Daily Mail (which I'm aware is a notorious tabloid, that's why I say if true) Linda had talked a bit of trash about Jane to this one man, and he used Jane's party cake cookbook to jolt Linda into being more uplifting when she was down or something. If this is to be believed, that's just a petty cheap shot, especially when Jane has never spoken of her relationship with Paul ever and did nothing to Linda especially. If I had a wife I certainly wouldn't be talking smack about an ex-boyfriend she had, whom I would have never seen or did nothing to me, decades ago...

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Give that Jane's family gave Paul a home for 3 years, I hope he at least appreciates that.

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6 November 2019
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JW OBoogie said
Give that Jane's family gave Paul a home for 3 years, I hope he at least appreciates that.

  

From what I'm aware of Paul hasn't said anything negative about Jane (in public or in print) especially after Linda passed, so maybe he does. One thing I would also like to point out would be a French news clipping that I found on here:

https://janeasherdaily.tumblr......ey-and-her

If the French-English translation is correct, it's Jane speaking of Paul a little while after they'd broken up. She said that now having split from Paul, she could finally seriously indulge in theatre and be taken more seriously herself.

6 November 2019
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While I won't say I totally disagree with your view, @ognirrrats69, for those Beatle women to feel bad for, she would come a long way behind Cynthia and Maureen, and a little bit behind Patti (in that order).

Aside from the Bristol Old Vic relationship, there are also rumours of infidelity when she toured a play in America, so neither her and Paul were that faithful to each other.

As to being mishandled by jealous Beatles fans, nothing compared to what Cynthia and Maureen experienced in Liverpool before the security came into place as their success grew.

As to her having a big problem with Paul's drug use, I don't see it. She came from quite a liberal lower upper class family where drugs were discussed, an example being Jane's father explaining to Paul how to use the Benzedrine found in nasal inhalers (though he already knew), as revealed in the Barry Miles/Paul McCartney book, Many Years from Now:

Dr Asher loved to shock his family. Once, when Paul had a bad cold, Dr Asher wrote him a prescription for a nasal inhaler and showed him how to use it. "You take off the top and place it on your little finger, like so." He demonstrated. "Then you take a sniff with each nostril as per normal; then, after you’ve finished with it, you can unscrew the bottom and eat the Benzedrine." Peter shuffled his feet nervously and Paul grinned, not knowing how much he could confide in the good doctor. Paul: "We learned about that stuff up in Liverpool but hearing it coming from him was quite strange."

And Jane, as recently as 2010, was calling for drug legalisation:

They should be legalised, the lot of them, as far as I'm concerned. That's the only hope.

There are so many 'legal' highs out there just now, which are incredibly dangerous because they haven't been tested, and yet they are readily available to buy over the internet. Some of the ones we do know about are illegal. It's a mad situation – we're chasing after something we can never catch up with.

Anyone who pretends that the policies on drugs have worked is talking nonsense.

As to catching Paul in bed with Francie Schwartz leading to their break-up, there is another version of that story which says it happened after their split and she'd come to Cavendish Avenue to collect some of her belongings. Whichever way round, it certainly wasn't as brutal as Cynthia discovering John in bed with Yoko.
 
New partners are often critical of former significant partners, though I'm unaware of any major criticism from Linda of Jane, unlike the problems Cynthia faced with Yoko.
 
I think Paul treated Jane badly but, compared to what happened to other women involved with the four of them, I also think she got off lightly.
 
 

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6 November 2019
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