"Oh, he was on drugs, wasn't he? This is the trouble with history, with journalism. Whatever bad things John said about me, he would also slip his glasses down to the end of his nose and say, ''I love you''," Sky News quoted him as telling the Radio Times.
He added: "That''s really what I hold on to. That's what I believe. The rest is showing off. John said so much crap that he later said he hadn't meant. It''s bulls***. We were there. We all enjoyed it. I never really criticised John. I''m not that critical. It''s a question of personalities. John''s was more abrasive than mine and that was good for his corner of the square that made up the Beatles. If we''d had two people like that - forget it - I don''t think it would have worked."
McCartney further revealed that Lennon wasn"t the kind of man people thought he was. He explained: "The image of John is seriously flawed because he was not the hard, mad man that people think he was. He was a very soft-centred guy and we had a lot more in common than people think. His favourite song when we were kids was Little White Lies, which was very sentimental. It was a smoochy old standard that his mum liked. That''s really what I hold on to. That''s what I believe. The rest is showing off."
And, finally, he disclosed how the pair came together to form of the best-known and most successful writing partnerships in history. He said: "The actual reason John and I started writing in earnest was because we''d be at a gig and the bands on before us would play songs we were about to do." The Beatles had split up in 1970.