PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Sir Paul McCartney, 72, enjoys relaxing Ibiza getaway with wife Nancy Shevell, 53, as he admits ‘hitting the bottle after Beatles split’
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 23 June 2014
He has been in recovery after being struck down with a mystery illness during his tour of the Far East in May.
So it’s no surprise Sir Paul McCartney opted to get away on a sunshine break as he was pictured enjoying a day at the beach in Ibiza on Sunday.
The 72-year-old was joined by his 53-year-old wife, Nancy Shevell, and a few pals as they lapped up the sunshine on the Spanish island.
Sunshine break: Sir Paul McCartney opted to get away on a sunshine break as he was pictured in Ibiza with his wife on Sunday
The couple arrived on the beach in casual attire as Sir Paul opted for red swimming trunks while his wife looked stylish in a floral rash vest paired with animal print bikini bottoms.
Paul was keen to make the most of the sunshine as he went for a quick dip in the Mediterranean Sea.
The pair waded in the waves for a short while before making their way back up the beach to lounge with their fellow holiday makers.
Summer vacation: The 72-year-old was joined by his 53-year-old wife, Nancy Shevell, and a few pals as they lapped up the sunshine on the Spanish island
Healing rays: Sir Paul has been in recovery after being struck down with a mystery illness during his tour of the Far East in May
Stylish ensemble: Nancy looked chic in a floral rash vest teamed with animal print bikini bottoms and a panama hat
The group enjoyed the heat as they lay on their sun loungers but opted not to lie in direct sunlight.
Fans recently received an insight into the music legend's life thanks to a new excerpt from ‘Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s’ by Tom Doyle.
The snippet - published in Esquire - is focused on a period in the star’s life – following the Beatles split - when he felt he almost had a ‘nervous breakdown’.
Rock on: Nancy seemed to be seeking to catch the attention of someone further down the beach
Cool blue: Paul was keen to make the most of the sunshine as he went for a quick dip in the Mediterranean Sea
Relax: The pair waded in the waves for a short while before making their way back up the beach
Time to dry off: American socialite Nancy looked trim and toned in her beachwear
Tom Doyle writes: ‘It was as if he’d suddenly and unexpectedly lost his job, been made entirely redundant.
‘This was an identity crisis in extremis: Who exactly was he if he wasn’t Beatle Paul McCartney?
Paul is then quoted saying: ‘I hit the bottle. I hit the substances.’
Laid-back: Sir Paul put on a navy shirt after his dip in the sea
Hats off to them: The couple enjoyed the heat as they lay on their sun loungers but opted not to lie in direct sunlight
Can't take the heat: Nancy soon opted to remove her swimming top and revealed a black bandeau bikini underneath
Opening up: Fans recently received an insight into the music legends life thanks to a new excerpt from ¿Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s¿ by Tom Doyle
Feeling better: In May McCartney had to cancel several dates in Japan and South Korea on his Out There world tour after falling ill with a mystery virus
The singer described how he felt at the time saying it was like ‘a barreling, empty feeling rolling across his soul’ but credited his late wife, Linda as the saving grace that helped him through.
In May McCartney had to cancel several dates in Japan and South Korea on his Out There world tour after falling ill with a mystery virus.
But the dedicated performer has turned a corner health-wise and will hit the road again on July 5 for the North American leg of his show.
Not so shady: The trio enjoyed a brisk walk across the sand
Shoes off: The couple prepared to leave their location underneath their parasol
Hats off to them: Paul places a tender hand on Nancy's shoulder
Making tracks: The icon and his wife made their way into the cool blue sea
'I’m sorry but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I’m feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days.
'Look forward to seeing you all soon,' the singer said in a statement on his website at the time.
No doubt the little break away will do the rocker the world of good. At one point, he waded out into the water and carefully got into a dinghy with his wife by his side.
Easy does it: The singer looked a little wary as he negotiated with the dinghy
All aboard: The group made their way to a larger boat
Keeping afloat: The party got ready to make their way to their next destination
He's the champ: The happy rocker gave his best muscle man impression while Nancy took a picture of the view
Getting a tutorial: Concentrating hard, Paul listened to another member of the crew
As they sailed out to a yacht, the pair seemed happy and content with their surroundings, with Nancy taking pictures of the view on her camera and Paul doing a muscle man pose.
The pair were then spotted relaxing on board and chatting to several members of the crew as they stood in his and hers trilby hats and sunglasses.
Nancy later stripped off to a pretty blue and white bikini to make the most of the sunny weather. The two-piece showed off her stunning figure.