Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has spoken about the trauma of getting divorced, comparing it to going through Hell.

In an interview published in the latest issue of Radio Times, The Music legend explained that divorce proceedings were "very painful".

Speaking to the magazine, he said: "Going through a divorce is a very painful thing. As Winston Churchill once said, 'If you're going through hell, keep going!"

The 65-year-old singer and songwriter and Heather Mills announced their separation last year and failed to reach a divorce settlement during recent court proceedings. The media has speculated that the eventual deal could be the largest payout to end a marriage in history.

McCartney added that music, which he called a "great healer", and his children helped him get through difficult times.

"The only solution is to remain dignified. If I don't keep a silence about it, I lose this idea of being dignified. But I've a wonderful baby.

"She's a great joy to me, as are my elder children, so I'm a lucky man," he added.

In the interview, he also expressed his admiration for Queen Elizabeth, calling her a "babe". He added that he found the monarch "fun, funny and amazing".

McCartney also spoke about efforts to reform the Beatles in 1976, which fell through. He stated that the terms being offered then were very lucrative, but that the reservations of the legendary band members always got in the way.

"[I]t just went round and round. There might be three of us thinking, 'You know, it might not be a bad idea', but the other one would go, 'Nah, I don't think so', and sort of veto it."

He said he was content with the Beatles' achievements, adding that the disappointment of not living up to people's expectations would always be on his mind.

16/10/2007 07:07:37