Sir Paul McCartney passes the perfect gent test: Former Beatle maintains eye contact in chat with topless sunbather
By SIMON NEVILLE
15 March 2012
He recently grumbled that he can't go anywhere without being interrupted by a fan wielding a camera.
However, one devotee appears not to have been told.
As the sunseeker sprang to his feet at the sight of Sir Paul McCartney, he obviously forgot about his topless female companion who tried in vain to cover her modesty.
On the beach: Sir Paul, who recently complained about being accosted in public, with Nancy
Adding to her embarrassment, the tall sunbather was then beckoned over, still topless, and tasked with taking photos of the star with her friends, while his new wife Nancy Shevell looked on.
The ageing rocker and U.S. industrial heiress – who wed last October - were taking a short break in the tropical island of St Barts in the Caribbean.
Sir Paul, 69, remained the consummate gentleman in the awkward situation – maintaining eye contact throughout lest his wife spot them wandering – as he engaged in polite conversation with the young brunette.
While his wife, 51, opted for a more conservative outfit than the sunbather, wearing a long-sleeved white beach dress with straw trilby.
Spotted! A fan stops them - but his topless female friend appears rather startled
Gentlemanly: Sir Paul makes sure not to look down
No help from her friends: She is roped in to take a picture of her other companion with Sir Paul
The young woman wore tiny string bikini bottoms but attempted to keep some of her modesty intact by covering herself with her arms.
She was with two male friends who were equally excited to meet the music legend.
One of her friends posed for a photograph with the former Beatle, who was wearing colourful pair of swimming shorts, a brown T-shirt and matching baseball cap. They used a camera-phone to take the photograph.
Still there? Good: Paul gazed at his wife Nancy Shevell's wedding band during a swim in the sea at St Barts
Raise your hand if you're living the high life: Sir Paul and Nancy were pictured having a great time in the water
The star posed up just days after he publicly bemoaned the attention he receives from members of the public, especially those who use their mobile phones to take pictures of him.
He told a Swiss newspaper earlier this month: 'Sometimes I want to have a peaceful evening with my wife in a restaurant without every few seconds having to pose for a mobile phone photograph.
'And increasingly people just don't seem to understand that. That sometimes causes unpleasant scenes.
Look, no hands! The musician made his wife laugh as he frolicked at the beach in the A-list getaway spot
Daily exercise: The duo ensured they stayed fit with some swimming in the crystal clear water
'But I don't want to complain. People like these have given me an enormous amount of happiness. And for that I'm very grateful. I won't ever forget what I owe them all.'
After the unusual beach encounter the couple took to the sea, frolicking in the waves.
And five months into their marriage the pair certainly seem to be firmly stuck in the honeymoon period as they laughed and joked with each other.
Svelte: Nancy displayed an enviable figure in her rash vest and bikini bottoms
Fun in the sun: The rocker and Nancy are still in the honeymoon period following their October wedding
Indeed, at one point he took his wife's hand and affectionately gazed at her wedding ring while they went for dip.
It was the couple's second trip in as many weeks after taking in the Paris Fashion Week to support Sir Paul's daughter Stella.
However, the latest break certainly seems to be more stress-free than when they were in the French capital.
Due to major power shortages caused by snow storms, the pair were stuck on their Eurostar train for 11 hours.
Playground of the rich and famous: The Beatles star appeared to be relaxed in the VIP seaside port
Paradise: The couple held hands while taking a stroll in their summer clothes