In a new interview with Sir David Frost, Sir Paul McCartney made it clear he doesn’t blame Yoko Ono for breaking up the Beatles and no one else should either, the New York Times reported today.
“She certainly didn’t break the group up. The group was breaking up,” he told Frost in an hourlong interview that will be shown on Al Jazeera English in November.
He also credited Ono for inspiring Lennon to write songs like “Imagine.”
“I don’t think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don’t think you can blame her for anything. 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,” he was quoted by the UK Guardian.
If anyone broke up the Beatles, he says it was Allen Klein, who managed the Beatles’ business affairs in their later years. “I was fighting against the other three guys who’d been my lifelong soul buddies. I said I wanted to fight Klein,” McCartney said.
He said the fact that both Lennon and McCartney lost their mothers at early points in their lives was one of the reasons for their strong friendship. “That was a big bond with John,” he said.
McCartney also talked candidly about the death of former wife Linda McCartney and said that he knew when her cancer was discovered that she would not survive.
“The doctors had told me privately that we’d caught it too late, that she’ll have about 18 months. And that was what she had.”
But he says that his family provides him his biggest happiness now. “Being a father, grandfather, is my coolest thing.”
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