NEW YORK – Paul McCartney is free to marry his girlfriend Nancy Shevell because New York courts have issued a final decree in her pending divorce, two British newspapers reported Sunday.

The Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Telegraph reported that McCartney had gotten the approval of his children, including his daughter Stella.

“The divorce was made final by the … Supreme Court of the state of New York on December 9, after she had been legally separated from him for one year and sixty days,” the Sunday Mirror reported.

A search of New York State public records Sunday did not turn up a notice of the divorce. Both McCartney and Shevell are Hamptons residents. Attorneys for the law firm representing Shevell as plaintiff in the lawsuit, Mayerson Stutman of Manhattan, did not immediately respond to a Newsday request for comment Sunday.

The Mirror’s headline read, “Love me ‘I do’ – Sir Paul McCartney free to marry girlfriend Nancy Shevell.”

Shevell, a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is legally separated from Bruce Blakeman, a Port Authority commissioner and former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature.

The Mirror story said, “Sir Paul and his first wife were friends with the Blakemans before Linda’s death from cancer in 1998, as they knew each other from holidaying in the upmarket coastal resort of The Hamptons on Long Island.”

The Telegraph reported that “Sir Paul has known Nancy socially for more than 30 years. His children have known her affectionately as ‘Lady O’ because she often wears Jackie Onassis-style sunglasses.”

McCartney, 65, and Shevell, 47, were photographed kissing outside a sushi restaurant in November before taking a cross-country road trip on Route 66, according to several published reports.

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