It’s been said before. Breaking is hard to do. Former Beatle Paul McCartney and his, wife, Heather Mills McCartney, are facing that prospect head-on. They announced their separation after four years of marriage. Sir Paul and his lady blamed the breakup on intense media scrutiny.
I can certainly offer my sympathy. Even so, I resent being blamed for their troubles. No, they don’t know me from Adam. But, as a columnist and reporter, I’m part of the media. McCartney and Mills McCartney invited any and all media.
They were far from being Ward and June Cleaver. Of course, everyone knows McCartney was the “cute one” of the Fab Four, while Mills McCartney has made a name for herself in the animal rights arena. After all, she was arrested for storming Jennifer Lopez’s offices, while protesting the use of fur.
Both McCartney and Mills McCartney put themselves in the public eye. Unlike George Harrison, his colleague didn’t become a virtual recluse. And Mills McCartney pursued a career that had everything to do with exposure. Then, she used that exposure to make the world a better (for which she should be commended).
They both attracted attention. When you attract attention, you really have no business whining when you get it. Celebrities don’t seem to get that concept. Struggling actors and actresses try everything they can to become famous. But when fame is attained, they go all “Greta Garbo.” Sorry, they’ve made their beds (in their well-appointed mansions) and must now lie in them.
So, no, it’s no fault of member of the media for the McCartney’s fate. I can’t say I know what it’s like to have your relationship on display. I don’t. But McCartney and Mills McCartney put their relationship on display. They must take responsibility for the consequences.