For decades, Yoko Ono has been blamed for breaking up The Beatles after she got together with John Lennon -- but in a new interview with Paul McCartney, he admits that's just not the case.
"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," McCartney tells David Frost in an interview to air on British television (via the Los Angeles Times) in conjunction with The Beatles' 50th anniversary this year. "I don’t think you can blame her for anything."
McCartney adds, "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." Lennon passed away in 1980.
Not only does McCartney not blame Ono, but he credits her for Lennon's other musical ventures. "I don't think he would have done Imagine without Yoko."
McCartney's full interview will air Nov. 9 on Frost's program on the Al Jazeera English TV channel.
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- Yoko Ono
- Paul McCartney
- John Lennon
- David Frost