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Friday, May 6, 2011

Yesterday, at the benefit luncheon for the Trust for the National Mall (to which I wore my Alexander McQueen suit), I had a enjoyable and completely biased chat with a woman at my table about how the third time’s the charm when it comes to wives. In our experience, men who have been married twice before have learned how to treat a lady. So I am happy to welcome Nancy Shevell to our club. She’s been dating my almost-husband Paul McCartney for four years, and now they are engaged, according to People.com.

Paul and Nancy. Photo from Billboard.com. Click for source.

I’m not jealous that Nancy snagged my almost-husband. I long ago realized that things would never have worked out between me and Paul M. due to his affinities for vegetarianism, pot and annoying thumb gestures, none of which I share. And I have good feelings about Nancy, who, unlike McCartney’s second wife, Heather Mills, hasn’t told any insane lies about how she used to be a top runway model-turned-Nobel prize nominee.

But, after all these years, I’m still bitter whenever People breaks something big on the web. When I was the managing editor of People.com in 1999, the magazine peeps thought the website was a horrible parasite rather than a useful and necessary tool. It was like extracting impacted wisdom teeth to get any cooperation from the print side. Now print is half-dead and nearly every publication has a big web presence. I’m always ahead of my fucking time! That can be a serious problem in business, actually. Outliers never get the credit they’re due. As someone once put it to me, it doesn’t matter if you’re two hours early or five minutes late to the train station — either way, you’re not on the train.

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27 Responses to “My Almost-Husband Paul McCartney to Wed Nancy Shevell”

  1. True love .. nice to see a man who loves women. And a Beatle!!

    People managing editor, the tales you can tell!!!

    Ringo once came in with his wife Barbara and I could have been 16 sixteen again, blushing, awkward, in love in a hot second.

    So much for being grown up and wordly when confronted by a Beatle or two.

  2. Susan Tiner says:

    You definitely married the right Paul, and he definitely married an outlier.

  3. Eli says:

    Why wouldn’t they just stay dating at this point, whatever…

    I don’t look at celebrity blogs anymore, but it really is amazing to see how it has almost completely moved online..if it wasn’t more evident ever the other day when Osama was killed and it was online before it was on tv!

  4. Annimal says:

    I hope three times a charm for Paul, I love him and I want him to be happy! He has brought joy to so many, myself included!

  5. deja pseu says:

    Best of luck to them! Hey, maybe they’ll have you do their rings!

  6. Tina says:

    You were the first person I thought of when I heard their big news!

  7. I was just thinking of him after seeing Met Gala pics. He obviously loves women as it even shows with his support of Stella. He deserves to be happy (please not Heather Mills redux!) not only because his music has brought so much joy to the entire world but for his love and support of women as well. I hope this marriage makes him happy! I’m glad he’s stayed your “almost-husband” as I’m deathly allergic to pot and can’t be around it in any way, even if clothing smells of it I get a reaction, ew. Besides, the Paul you married is the right Paul for you!

  8. Paul McCartney makes me shudder. Despite being a huge Beatles fan. I think perhaps baby faces just don’t age well, he looks creepy! x

  9. CDP says:

    Just had to stop by and say hi…I knew you’d blog about your almost-husband’s upcoming marriage. Since you approve, I say Mazel Tov to the future Mr. and Mrs. McCartney.

  10. Anika says:

    I am glad to see you are taking this marriage so well, a testiment to you, nothing less 😀 I do see what you mean about being ahead of time. You my dear are an innovator, and a very inspiring one at that. Thank you for being you! Big hugs coming your way all the way from Oslo xxxxx

  11. laura nelson says:

    my god, she looks as though she has a goiter!! Either that or an adam’s apple..hmmmm

  12. K-Line says:

    You truly were ahead of your time. I think you should become a crazy inventor. They often seem to benefit from “ahead of their time”ness.

  13. Wendy, I agree that in marriage, the third time is often the charm. Some men need a lot of practice.

  14. Susan says:

    I am totally in love with your writing, Wendy! 🙂

  15. Elizabeth says:

    You’re very gracious to share your almost-husband with this woman. I hope she has thumb-blindness, or there will be trouble!

  16. This is such a funny post; I had a good giggle. I’m not really a fan of People but I do like the fact that they are always so nice, not mean-spirited at all. I almost forgot about that whole Heather Mills fiasco. What a soap opera! I hope he will be happy with this one.

  17. You’re too funny, Wendy. Congrats on almost 10 years with your (real) husband 🙂

  18. Oh his annoying thumbs up signs. Ugh.

    I know what you mean about being ahead of your time. I used to work in PR and in the late 90s was repeatedly told by journalists that no one would ever buy anything online and ecommerce would never happen. Pah!

    I suppose the only upside of being 2 hours early for the train is that you can wait for it. 5 minutes late and you’re scuppered.

    • WendyB says:

      I feel ya. I heard all the stuff about ecommerce too. Even very recently…up until December 2009 people constantly scolded me about my blog, saying luxury-goods companies couldn’t be online without losing cachet. Needless to say, EVERYONE has a social media presence now.