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  • Paul McCartney faced struggles with depression, a rumored heart surgery, and alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress.
  • The rumors of Paul McCartney’s heart surgery in 2008 were proven false, but caused a great deal of concern among fans.
  • McCartney attributes his longevity and good health to his vegan diet, practicing yoga, and meditation.

Looking back, Paul McCartney has undergone the highest of highs and lowest of lows. John Lennon’s death is a tragic moment he still hasn’t gotten over. Among the lows also included McCartney getting booed during his performance in Hamburg, Germany.

Nowadays, The Beatles star continues to be in remarkable shape at the age of 81. However, he has faced some health concerns in the past.

We’re going to take a look at what went on with Paul McCartney’s health, and the biggest concerns in recent years. There were even rumors of a heart surgery back in 2008. We’ll take a look at if the rumor was true, and other difficulties Paul faced along the way. We’ll also reveal what McCartney is doing nowadays to improve his health.

Let’s get started.


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Paul McCartney Turned To Alcohol During His Mental Health Battles With Depression

Paul McCartney is in great shape, but he did face problems. According to Mirror, that included depression, a rumored heart surgery, and an apparent drinking problem. McCartney himself opened up about the drinking problem and how he would turn to alcohol as a way of coping with stress in his life.

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He tells GQ, “In truth, I just took to booze. There wasn’t much time to have mental health issues, it was just, f*** it, it’s boozing or sleeping. But I’m sure it did, as they were very depressing times.”

As for his bouts with depression, Paul was aided by his wife’s story, Linda.

“It’s funny, I remember when I first met Linda, she was divorced with a child and living in New York and having to fend for herself. She got depression and I remember her saying she made a decision,” he added.

Ultimately, Linda “picked herself up by the bootstraps,” and McCartney was encouraged to do the same during his battle with depression and alcohol.


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Among the other health issues included an apparent heart surgery back in 2008. However, this was all deemed to be a lie.

Paul McCartney’s Apparent Heart Surgery In 2008 Was All A Made-Up Rumor

Back in 2008, tabloids such as The Guardian were running a story about Paul McCartney having heart surgery, according to a friend. This was a very alarming moment for fans.

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The publication wrote, “The former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney had a heart operation last September to open blocked arteries, it emerged today. McCartney underwent a coronary angioplasty at a private London hospital. A friend of the star said today: “It was a routine procedure and Paul is in excellent health. Fans certainly have no need to worry.”

The post continues, “He immediately returned to a busy schedule, performing in Paris and London the following month. “Anyone who saw him singing with Kylie on Jools Holland’s BBC2 show on New Year’s Eve will have seen that he is back on top form.”

It was said that McCartney was battling this problem since 2006.


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McCartney finally addressed the rumor, telling fans he didn’t have heart surgery but enjoyed all the sympathy that came with it. He said, “People are ringing and texting me saying, “Are you OK?” He continues, “I hadn’t seen the report so I was puzzled by so many enquiries about my health. So I think it’s a good time to put this rumour to rest.”

McCartney went on to reveal that he passed his medical tests with flying colors.

Yoga, Eating Habits, And Improved Mental Health Are Major Reasons For Paul McCartney’s Longevity

There are several factors that have aided Paul McCartney’s mental and physical health over the years. One of them was making the decision to eat vegan foods. McCartney stated that being a vegan is easier than ever these days given all the options out there in terms of what to eat.

Paul McCartney talking to fans
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“You can get loads of vegetarian options these days, so it’s not like it was like in the old days when you just got the boiled sprout.”

According to Mirror, yoga and meditation have also proved to be positive for McCartney. The publication writes, “Yoga and meditation have also been a huge part of Paul staying fit and healthy – both mentally and physically.”

At the age of 81, Paul McCartney is still showing no signs of slowing down, embarking on his 2023 tour, Got Back Tour. It includes several stops in Brazil, which includes the closing show in Rio De Janeiro in mid-December. All these years later, Paul is keeping things going.

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