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Paul McCartney says he doesn't want to sign autographs or take selfies with fans anymore

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Paul McCartney performs live at The O2 Arena on December 16, 2018. Samir Hussein/WireImage
  • Paul McCartney recently told Reader's Digest that he stopped signing autographs.

  • "It always struck me as a bit strange," he said, adding, "We both know who I am."

  • The former Beatle also said he'd much rather "exchange stories" with fans than take selfies.

Paul McCartney revealed that he has stopped signing autographs because the request always struck him 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," he said in a recent interview with Reader's Digest, according to rock news site Louder.

The 79-year-old musician also said he doesn't understand the appeal of selfies, though he's happy to speak with fans who approach him.

"What you've usually got is a ropey photo with a poor backdrop and me looking a bit miserable," he said. "Let's chat, let's exchange stories."

Back in 2008, The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr announced that he would no longer sign autographs in a video posted online.

"I'm warning you with peace and love. I have too much to do, so no more fan mail," he said. "And no objects to be signed. Nothing! Anyway, peace and love, peace and love."

McCartney's former bandmate stood by his decision in 2018 when questioned by Howard Stern.

"That was one angry moment," Starr explained. "In New York, actually, I was signing scratch plates that they have on guitars, and someone said, 'Have you seen on the internet?' There's a guitar with my signature on a scratch plate."

"Someone had screwed one onto a shit guitar and was selling it for three grand," he continued. "And I said, 'No.' I only sign for charity now."

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