McCartney splits with his publicist after 15 years

Sir Paul McCartney confirmed last night that he had parted company with his publicist of 15 years but denied that it was because of a rift with his wife, Heather Mills.

Sir Paul McCartney confirmed last night that he had parted company with his publicist of 15 years but denied that it was because of a rift with his wife, Heather Mills.

Geoff Baker, his long-standing friend and publicist, revealed earlier this week that he was no longer working for the former Beatle. There were reports that this was due to a personality clash with Ms Mills.

But Sir Paul took the unusual step of issuing a detailed statement, saying reports about his wife were not only untrue but "particularly sad". Instead, he pointedly said Mr Baker's departure was due to his professional performance.

"I find if very sad that after years of friendship, my publicist Geoff Baker and I are parting," said Sir Paul.

"Over the past few months, his behaviour has not reached the professional standards I had come to expect from Geoff and it is with regret that I am forced to end our relationship."

He added: "It is particularly sad that he has chosen to attempt to implicate my wife, Heather, in this business and I can say now that she has had nothing to do with this."

Mr Baker has stated that he left of his own volition as he had wanted to work on separate projects, including a novel about fatherhood.

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