The anecdote, which is part of a longer profile of the musician in GQ, reveals how McCartney, Lennon and a group of others participated in the ritual of pleasuring themselves.
“What it was,” McCartney said, “was over at John’s house, and it was just a group of us. And instead of just getting roaring drunk and partying — I don’t even know if we were staying over or anything — we were all just in these chairs, and the lights were out, and somebody started masturbating, so we all did.”
The 76-year-old told the writer, Chris Heath, how everyone in the group would shout a name which would spur them on.
“We were just, ‘Brigitte Bardot!’ ‘Whoo!’” McCartney said, “and then everyone would thrash a bit more.”
But McCartney added that Lennon sometimes caused a stir and on one occasion reportedly shouted “Winston Churchill”, while the group was masturbating.
Heath also asked McCartney if the session was a one of a kind experience.
“I think it was a one-off,” he replied. “Or maybe it was like a two-off. It wasn’t a big thing. But, you know, it was just the kind of thing you didn’t think much of. It was just a group. Yeah, it’s quite raunchy when you think about it. There’s so many things like that from when you’re a kid that you look back on and you’re, ‘Did we do that?’ But it was good harmless fun. It didn’t hurt anyone. Not even Brigitte Bardot.”
Further in the interview McCartney also revealed how all of the Beatles would sleep “on top of each other,” during their tours in the middle of winter.
“It was the only way we could stay warm. We suffered for a while, just shivering, and then someone said: Well, why don’t we…? So we did a Beatles sandwich,” McCartney said.