In 1970 the members of The Beatles were up in arms with one another. Their relationships had been strained after the band split. Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon were enjoying parties while Paul McCartney were engaged in perilous legal disputes against one another. Ringo was shocked when George admitted to Ringo that George had fallen in love with Maureen Starkey Tigrett, his bandmate.
Chris O’Dell was a former Apple Corps employee and assistant who served as tour manager for many bands, including The Beatles. She recalled the events in Miss O’Dell: Long Days and Hard Nights with The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
She said: “We sat down at the long wooden kitchen table, Ringo, George, and Pattie on one side, and Pattie, and I on the other.
“Maureen was a little bird and spent the whole evening flying around, landing where she wanted, cooking omelettes for Ringo, refilling her drinks, and bringing food on the tables.
“[George] looked at Ringo and told him: ‘You know Ringo, my heart is with you.’
In the weeks preceding that momentous event, George and Maureen were reportedly having an affair. This prompted the outburst.
This information was obviously not appreciated by George’s wife Pattie.
They divorced later in 1974, although it was not finalized until 1977. Pattie claimed that George’s infidelity was the main reason for their separation, but Maureen’s affair was “the last straw”.
Pattie decided to take revenge on her husband’s cheating spouse after this.
Michael Seth Starr, Ringo’s biographer (no relation), described Pattie’s actions immediately after George broke the story.
According to the biographer, “Pattie” retaliated against George by going back to modeling – something George has always prohibited.
Pattie, who worked alongside Twiggy and David Bailey was one of Britain’s most famous models in the 1960s.
The iconic British model did not stop there.
Ringo’s biographer said that Ringo also had a first affair and chose Ronnie Wood as her guitarist. (She later joined The Rolling Stones)
According to reports, George had an affair with Ronnie’s wife Krissy.
Ronnie recalled the moment that he discovered. He said, “One night at George’s house in Henley, Friar park, I told George very seriously that I was going to Pattie’s room when it was bedtime.”
He seemed a bit unflustered and pointed at the room Krissy was staying in, adding: “I will be sleeping there.”
George and Pattie ended their relationship on positive terms.
Pattie divorced George in 1977 and married Eric Clapton. Eric was a close friend of George who held strong feelings towards her over the years.
The Quiet Beatle was at the couple’s wedding, and also played at their reception.
Publited at Mon, 2 Aug 2021 15:22:00 +0000