Paul McCartney to wed for third time

Fri May 6, 2011 4:58pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paul McCartney is set to wed for the third time after proposing to his New York businesswoman girlfriend of four years, Nancy Shevell.

The London-based spokesman for the former Beatle confirmed on Friday that McCartney and Shevell were engaged, but declined to give further details.

"It's true!", said spokesman Stuart Bell, after People magazine broke news of the engagement.

Shevell, 51, who is divorced, and the notoriously private McCartney, 68, are reported to have begun dating about four years ago, following the Fab Four singer's bitter split with second wife, Heather Mills.

They have been seen together frequently at celebrity events and on McCartney's tours, and most recently posed for photos at a gala evening on Monday at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. A photo is displayed prominently on McCartney's official website.

American celebrity magazine Us Weekly reported on Friday that the "Can't Buy Me Love" singer popped the question last weekend "during a romantic candlelit dinner for two."

People magazine said McCartney had given Shevell a ring, although she did not appear to be wearing it when the couple posed on the red carpet at Monday's museum event.

"They have the right chemistry. They're both cool, chilled out and optimistic," People magazine quoted an unidentified source close to Shevell as saying.   Continued...