Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs

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He has arguably one of the most coveted autographs in showbusiness. 

But Sir Paul McCartney insists he will no longer oblige fans with his signature because it is ‘pointless.’ 

The former Beatle, 79, says he would rather stop and chat to fans rather than sign his name on a piece of paper or pose for a selfie after being pestered for more than half a century. 

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

Making a choice: Sir Paul McCartney insists he will no longer oblige fans with his signature because it is ‘pointless’

He told Readers Digest: ‘It always struck me as a bit strange – “here, can I write your name down on the back of this till receipt please?” Why? We both know who I am.’ 

Sir Paul also insisted he takes a dim view of photos, usually because of their inferior quality. 

He added: ‘What you’ve usually got is a ropey photo with a poor backdrop and me looking a bit miserable. Let’s chat, let’s exchange stories.’ 

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

Let’s talk! The former Beatle, 79, says he would rather stop and chat to fans rather than sign his name on a piece of paper or pose for a selfie after more than a decade. Pictured in 2012

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

 ”It always struck me as a bit strange’: The superstar takes a dim view of autographs and photos, usually because of their inferior quality. Pictured: A signed Beatles postcard from 1963

The decision follows former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr’s decision to stop signing autographs in 2008. 

The star made the choice after he realised others were profiting from his signature. 

He told the Press Association at the time: ‘I don’t autograph. All autographs are on stuff that I’ve (done). One of my paintings or something I’m involved with, and it goes to charity. It doesn’t just go out there for other people to sell.’ 

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

Following suit: The decision follows former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr’s decision to stop signing autographs in 2008

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

The drummer posted a video message on his website saying he would no longer sign memorabilia and that fan mail would be binned, a decision prompted by fans making money from his signature on eBay. 

No stranger to charitable offerings himself, Sir Paul recently attended the Robin Hood Benefit at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on Wednesday night.

The icon was seen standing with his arms around wife Nancy Shevell, 61, at the venue.

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

Charity event: No stranger to charitable offerings himself, Sir Paul recently attended the Robin Hood Benefit at the Jacob Javits Center in New York on Wednesday night

He wore a smart navy blue suit and crisp white shirt with a floral tie while Nancy looked chic in a black dress with a zip to the front.

The musician made a special appearance at the event which was held by New York’s largest poverty-fighting organisation. 

The singer was seen standing on stage in front of a glimmering silver award as he delivered a speech to guests who enjoyed dinner at the bash.

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

Special appearance: The singer was seen standing on stage in front of a glimmering silver award as he delivered a speech to guests who enjoyed dinner at the bash

He was also billed to perform, with separate performances from Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and the Jonas Brothers.

The annual fundraising event returned to the calendar this year after going on a COVID-19 pandemic-induced hiatus.

This year’s function fell on the 20-year anniversary of the foundation’s Concert for New York City, which raised over $35million (£25.4million) for New Yorkers following the 9/11 attacks.

The money raised this year will be used to benefit nonprofits that help New York City as it bounces back from the pandemic.

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

, Sir Paul McCartney says he has stopped signing autographs, The Today News USA

Good cause: The money raised this year will be used to benefit nonprofits that help New York City as it bounces back from the pandemic