Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell free to marry after her divorce finalised
Sir Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Nancy Shevell are now free to marry as her divorce from lawyer Bruce Blakeman has been finalised.
The former Beatles frontman is said to be planning to wed the American heiress, whom he has been dating for a year.
Shevell – whose father heads up a £250 million haulage company – obtained her divorce from Blakeman, with whom she has a 17-year-old son, last month.
And friends say the 49-year-old and McCartney could soon be heading down the aisle.
Shevell has reportedly been given the thumbs up from Paul’s family, including daughter Stella McCartney, who never hid her opposition to her father’s relationship with Heather Mills.
A friend told the Sunday Mirror: ‘Getting Stella’s seal of approval was very important for Paul. All Paul’s children had massive reservations about Heather – but it was Stella who was the most vociferous.’
McCartney’s former wife Linda’s esteemed family – the Eastmans – have also reportedly given their blessing to the relationship.
Sir Paul and Linda were friends with the Blakemans before her death from cancer in 1998, as they knew each other from holidaying in the upmarket coastal resort of The Hamptons on Long Island.
The new couple recently enjoyed a public lunch with Linda’s brother John Eastman in Manhattan.
And friends believe Nancy is a much better fit for Sir Paul than Heather.
A source said: ‘Nancy has been through a lot, not least overcoming breast cancer.
‘She also comes from a similar wealthy East Coast background to Linda. They shared a similar outlook on life. She joined the family firm in the 1980s and has become wealthy in her own right.
‘It makes everyone comfortable that she is clearly not after Paul’s money.’
Nancy and Paul do, however, have some different leanings: she is a meat-eating Republican whereas his vegetarianism and more liberal views are widely known.
However, the pair have never hidden their love for each other, and were happy to be photographed together from the early days of their relationship.
They were snapped enjoying a holiday in Antigua last March – just a week after Paul’s £24 million divorce from Heather was finalised.
A source added: ‘Nancy and Sir Paul are totally natural together and feel blessed to have found happiness together.’