After years of tumultuous debate, Paul McCartney has finally set the record straight saying that Yoko Ono was not to blame for the demise of The Beatles.
The singer told David Frost, in a new interview to be aired next month, that Yoko Ono’s relationship with John Lennon was not the main reason for the band’s break-up.
The Guardian was the first to report the story, having seen excerpts of the interview, and reports that McCartney admits he found Yoko sitting in on The Beatles’ recording sessions distracting, but he does not blame her for the group’s downfall.
Speaking to Frost, McCartney said:
“She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up. When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things, so she showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave one way or another.”
McCartney went on to say that had it not been for Yoko, Lennon probably wouldn’t have written songs like “Imagine,” and for that, people should give her more credit.
The Frost/McCartney interview will be screened on Al Jazeera English next month, through a series of 60-minute interviews beginning November 6th.
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