The co-lead vocalist and bass guitarist of The Beatles, Paul McCartney revealed how he tries to cope with the tragic death of his beloved friend, John Lennon, still while talking about his upcoming solo album, ‘McCartney III,’ which is set to release soon after the 40th anniversary of Lennon’s death.

During his brand new interview on The New York Times, The Beatles legend, Paul McCartney, has opened up about his 18th solo studio album, ‘McCartney III,’ as admitting the fact that he doesn’t believe in the notion of ‘creative growth‘ and the only thing that changes throughout years is the story you’re telling.

Within the course of the conversation, McCartney was asked about the touching coincidence that his forthcoming work will be out a week after the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, the founder of The Beatles and a world star who gained worldwide appreciation as a peace activist.

McCartney said that it’s difficult for him to think about the passing of Lennon even after all those years while indicating his anger and sorrow. The best way out is to remember how good it was with John, the bassist added.

He went on saying that the only thing he can do to deal with the situation is to deny it like any bereavement. McCartney referred to his chat with John’s son, Sean Lennon, in October for the ‘John Lennon at 80’ event of the BBC Radio 2 and revealed that it was nice to talk about how cool John was and fill in little gaps in Sean’s knowledge.

Here’s what Paul McCartney said about lossing John Lennon:

“It’s difficult for me to think about. I rerun the scenario in my head. Very emotional. So much so that I can’t really think about it. It kind of implodes. What can you think about that besides anger, sorrow?

Like any bereavement, the only way out is to remember how good it was with John. Because I can’t get over the senseless act. I can’t think about it. I’m sure it’s some form of denial. But denial is the only way that I can deal with it. Having said that, of course I do think about it, and it’s horrible.”

He continued:

“You do things to help yourself out of it. I did an interview with Sean, his son. That was nice — to talk about how cool John was and fill in little gaps in his knowledge. So it’s little things that I am able to do, but I know that none of them can get over the hill and make it OK.

But you know, after he was killed, he was taken to Frank Campbell’s funeral parlor in New York. I’m often passing that. I never pass it without saying: ‘All right, John. Hi, John.'”

You can check out the full conversation here.