11/07/2007 AT 8:20 AM ET
It looks like Sir Paul McCartney isn’t letting his battle with Heather Mills interfere with his single life.
In new photos published this week in Britain (and splashed across the New York papers Wednesday morning), McCartney, 65, is pictured kissing Nancy Shevell, an American whom the papers described as a new love interest. The photos show the couple walking along a windswept beach, sharing a coffee break and deep in discussion on a sidewalk in the Hamptons, where both Shevell and McCartney have mansions.
A source tells PEOPLE: “They have known each other for a while. They are just friends.”
Shevell, who’s separated from her husband, is a 47-year-old mother of one and a vice president at the New England Motor Freight, Inc. Earlier in the week, The Sun published a photo of McCartney leaving Top Drawer Lingerie shop in East Hampton last Saturday, with his hood up and clutching a bag.
The latest McCartney news comes just days after Mills launched an attack on the media and the ex-Beatle, which resulted in her publicist resigning. But Mills, for her part, says she’s fine with McCartney moving on. She told Extra: “Paul is a free man and can do what he wants.”