Paul McCartney made a bad first impression on Phil Collins that has never faded. The two met at a Buckingham Palace party in 2002, and Collins asked McCartney to sign his first-edition copy of The Beatles by Hunter Davies." And he said, 'Oh, Heather [Mills, his then-wife], our little Phil's a bit of a Beatles fan.' And I thought, 'You f---, you f---.' Never forgot it," Collins tells the Sunday Times, per Esquire. "McCartney was one of my heroes. But he has this thing when he's talking to you, where he makes you feel [like], 'I know this must be hard for you because I'm a Beatle. I'm Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.'"
"For anyone who has sat through an interview with Paul McCartney ever, Collins’ anecdote about the former Beatle should seem both outrageous and 100% believable," writes Winston Cook-Wilson at Spin. No response yet from McCartney.