The Beatles George Harrison: Wife Pattie Boyd was 'terrified' by Beatlemania


In the early 1960s The Beatles had become one of the most popular bands on the planet. The Fab Four’s fame was quickly skyrocketing and the release of their first film, A Hard Day’s Night, made them even more popular. On the set of the movie, George Harrison met Pattie. At the time, Pattie was an enormous cultural influence in the 1960s. The model and photographer epitomised the style of British women in the decade and constantly acted as a muse for her husbands, George and Eric Clapton. Her experience as a wife of a Beatle wasn’t always pleasant, however.

During an interview with pop star Taylor Swift in 2018, Pattie spoke fondly of her time with George in the early days of their relationship.

However, she did recall bad experiences during Beatlemania – the ecstatic frenzy of The Beatles’ fans, most of whom were young girls and women.

Pattie said: “In my first experience, I found it absolutely terrifying.

“I got to see the Beatles play at a theatre in London, and George told me that I should leave with my friends before the last number.

“So before the last song, we got up from our seats and walked toward the nearest exit door, and there were these girls behind me.”

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Pattie continued: “They followed us out, and they were kicking me and pulling my hair and pushing us all the way down this long passageway.”

She then told Taylor that, while chasing her, the girls were yelling: “We hate you!”

The 77-year-old then spoke about how unprepared she was for the fame surrounding the band and her husband.

When asked if anyone took her under their wing to shield her from the general public, Pattie revealed: “No.

“Nobody took on that role. Nobody thought that role would be significant for a start.”

Eventually, the number of fans that chased George around became unbearable. She and George decided to leave London.

The model said: “Living in London with George, there were so many fans every day, it became impossible to leave the flat.”

Pattie continued: “Brian Epstein thought there might be an idea that John, Ringo, and George move to the country, have little houses about an hour out of London.

“We would decorate the outside of our house with spray-paint cans. The whole house was like a psychedelic monster.”

Pattie married George in 1966 during the height of the band’s fame.

Just over ten years later, in 1977, they divorced. During this time Pattie fell in love with one of George’s best friends, Eric Clapton.

Eric and Pattie were married just two years later in 1979, but there was no bad blood between George and his former pals.

George remained on great terms with the newly-married couple and even sung for them at their wedding.



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