He was affectionately known as ‘the quiet Beatle’.
But George Harrison was in fact a womaniser, whose love of the opposite sex almost ruined his 23-year-marriage, a new documentary has revealed.
In the upcoming film, directed by Martin Scorcese, former bandmate Paul McCartney claims the guitarist ‘liked the things that men like. He was red-blooded.’
Harrison’s widow, Olivia, admitted she often struggled with her wayward husband’s behaviour.
She claims that although she and Harrison ‘seemed like partners from the very beginning’ their marriage survived a series of ‘hiccups’.
‘He did like women and women did like him,’ she says. ‘If he just said a couple of words to you it would have a profound effect. So it was hard to deal with someone who was so well loved.’
Miss Harrison worked alongside Scorcese to produce private letters, journals and unseen footage of the star for the film George Harrison: Living in a Material World, which has been made to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the star’s death. He died in November 2001, aged 58, following a long-battle with cancer.
It also features personal recollections from friends including Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.
Harrison earned a reputation as the most reserved character out of the Beatles, in contrast to John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr who were the more outspoken members of the Fab Four.
But according to his widow, although her husband’s attitude towards women was ‘challenging’ she claims the couple felt an ‘incredible reward’ after overcoming their problems.
She added: ‘You go through challenges in your marriage and here is what I found: the first time we had a big hiccup in the road, we came through things, and then you go, ‘Wow!’ There is a reward at the end of it.’
‘There is this incredible reward because you have lived through more and you have let go of something.’
By the end, when her husband was ill, she admits she was glad that they had ‘worked this through together. Through all these things that came between us.’
She also reveals Harrison’s fury at John Lennon’s murder in 1980 by Mark Chapman. ‘He was angry John did not have a chance to leave his body in a better way,’ she said.
Last Updated: 09/07/11 07:40