The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 25, 1967

Paul McCartney and Jane Asher announce their engagement

After four years together, on 25 December 1967 Paul McCartney and Jane Asher announced their engagement to be married.

The engagement didn't last, however - it was called off when she returned from working in Bristol to find McCartney in bed with another woman. They attempted to continue the relationship, but on 20 July Asher announced to the BBC that the relationship was over.

McCartney had continued to sleep with other women throughout their relationship, considering it permissible as they weren't married. In addition to his infidelities, Asher had found McCartney changed since his experiences with LSD, and her commitment to her career meant they were often heading in different directions.

Since their split Asher has consistently refused to publicly discuss her relationship with McCartney.

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