Fans Assaulted George Harrison’s First Wife, Pattie Boyd, When She Tried Leaving a Beatles Concert Early

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Fans assaulted George Harrison‘s wife, Pattie Boyd, when she came out of a Beatles concert early. Being a Beatle’s girlfriend and then wife was often a rough ride. Boyd and the other Beatles wives constantly battled hoards of screaming girls who wanted their husbands.

George Harrison and his wife, Pattie Boyd, returning to England after a vacation in 1964.
George Harrison and his wife, Pattie Boyd | Keystone/Getty Images

No one prepared George Harrison’s first wife, Pattie Boyd, to be a Beatle’s girlfriend

In 1964, George met Boyd on the set of The Beatles’ first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night. After that first day, George asked Boyd to marry him. She laughed, unable to decipher whether he was joking. The Beatles had been flirting with all the other girls on set the whole day.

When she didn’t respond, George said, “Well, if you won’t marry me, will you have dinner with me tonight?” Boyd declined because she was dating someone.

However, Boyd later broke up with her boyfriend and told George the next day on set. He asked her out again, and she said yes.

They went to the Garrick Club in Covent Garden that night, chaperoned by The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein. However, no one prepared her for being a Beatle’s girlfriend.

In an interview for Harper’s Bazaar, Taylor Swift asked Boyd, “All of a sudden your life was changed forever because you fell in love with someone who the world was obsessed with. There was no band as big as the Beatles. Did anyone prepare you for the attention?”

“No,” Boyd replied. “Nobody took on that role. Nobody thought that role would be significant for a start. I remember a journalist coming to our house one day and saying to George, ‘In all seriousness, when do you think the bubble is going to burst? When are the Beatles going to be finished?’

“If they thought that, there’s no reason anyone would think, ‘Ah, I’ll look after Pattie and guide her through what is going to be a tremendously difficult situation for a young girl to cope with.’ The only thing Brian Epstein, their manager, told me and the other wives and girlfriends was, ‘Don’t talk to the press.’”

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Fans broke into the couple’s home and hid under their bed

Being George’s girlfriend wasn’t always hard. Greene wrote that when they started dating, Boyd was active in George’s life.

“In a typical month, they would attend recording sessions, gather with friends, meet with record industry executives, have meals with fellow entertainers, and occasionally vacation to places such as Hawaii or Tahiti,” Greene wrote.

“They attended Allen Ginsberg’s thirty-ninth birthday party and made a hasty retreat when the beat poet greeted them in the nude. They went clubbing with the Moody Blues, attended premieres of films such as Alfie with Michael Caine, and smiled when friends would refer to ‘George-and-Pattie’ instead of ‘George,’ as though they were a single entity.”

Although, fans still hounded the young couple even after marriage. Some fans even broke into their home once.

“A married man, he still had to put up with young girls constantly sneaking into his hotel room, where guards had to be posted at every elevator and exit,” Greene continued. “Even on his short retreats back home to Esher, the intrusions continued.

“George and Pattie returned home one night to find that two girls had broken in and were hiding under their bed and giggling.”

However, it wasn’t the fans who eventually broke up George and Boyd. It was their own doing.

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