I Didn't Split Beatles, Says Yoko

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono insists she was not responsible for the split of the Beatles in 1970.

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John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono insists she was not responsible for the split of the Beatles in 1970, even both she and her husband had to deal with the fact she was blamed for it. And although she spent many years being hated, she believes hiding from fans' anger was never a real choice for her. Speaking soon after the 30th anniversary of Lennon's murder in 1980, Ono tells the Daily Mail: When I met John I was blamed for breaking up the Beatles, I was blamed for ruining John and I was painted as a dragon. People didn't speak to me or they were rude to my face. It did hurt and it was tough. I had to deal with that. John had to deal with that. I could have turned and run but that was never an option. Every day I told myself I was lucky because I'd met the man I loved, I wasn't starving, I wasn't ill and there was no bomb in my house. I just had to get through it. I had to find the strength inside me, inside the two of us. It was a great learning curve. The Beatles were a group made up of four very complex men my small hand could not have broken those men up. They broke up because they'd reached an end; but in doing so they all created wonderful new beginnings. Ono says the strength she learned to use has been important all through her life, including dealing with her daughter's kidnap in 1971 and Lennon's affair in 1973, alongside his murder seven years later. She explains: You can't plan in life you just have to do the best with what life gives you. John taught me to laugh a lot at life, and I do. It would have been better if he hadn't died but you can't sit and cry. These are things life throws at you and you have to learn to overcome them. You have to try to make good from bad. After he died, our son Sean and I would just sit together every anniversary on December 8 and be sad. Ten years ago we set up a foundation and now we celebrate his death and we've raised money to build 85 schools. That's a lot of little children who are being directly helped by John. Thanks for the RockAAA.com.

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    Superperfex
    You guys call yourselves Beatles fans? Stop this childish bickering and quiet down. I'm not the spokesman of the Beatles or anything but I doubt any band would want this discussion to go on (for 40 years) Just enjoy the music they made and stop this arguing. Making your point won't change history. Put your ego aside and just move on.
    barrymiles
    The Beatles were a group made up of four very complex men
    errr...make that three very complex men and Ringo.
    izzeeeh
    that's what she's been saying for 40 years. it's getting a bit old now UG.
    Bulldoxide
    barrymiles wrote: The Beatles were a group made up of four very complex men errr...make that three very complex men and Ringo.
    Win.
    jibran
    I was going to make a Yoko joke but I realised we were already talking about the Beatles.
    Primus2112
    barrymiles wrote: The Beatles were a group made up of four very complex men errr...make that three very complex men and Ringo.
    I wrote a song about an octopus... OT: Sure it's her fault, but it's not like she meant to.
    Apeshxt
    Ya'll need to calm down, she did nothing wrong, how would Paul want you to act?
    Cookie_Dog
    People want someone to blame when something they love comes to an end, but it was very fortunate that The Beatles split when they did. Can you imagine how schmaltzy their 70's music would have been? What about when they hit middle age? Look at Phil Collins' middle age stuff. They would not have been the same band they had been in their 20's.
    -xCaMRocKx-
    Yoko has been used as a scapegoat for years, and I've never believed it. She did not break them up. I wouldn't say she helped keep them together, because John involving her in the Beatles would have undoubtedly created tension, but the break up is not her fault. George had quit several times, Paul and John weren't speaking. If you think the break up was all Yoko's fault, then you are completely ignorant to Beatles history.
    betterman5
    I dont even care really, I'm one of those few people who don't understand the Beatles mass appeal. I like a few songs here and there but just find there music pretty average really. But with that said I dont think you can blame her, Lennon was probably already drifting away. You had 4 potential front men in the Beatles (well, Ringo probably thought he had such potential) and when you have that you're going to get problems and conflicts. Just like Pink Floyd, just like so many other bands we're you have one or more songwriter/singer whatever.
    hanselrocks1
    luke-shaw wrote: "celebrate his death" surely that should be celebrate his life?
    i noticed that to...
    kangaxxter wrote: Yoko Ono looks like a female George Takei.
    +1
    BBell
    Ive been part of this website for a few years now (or atleast have lurked around) and the UG staff seems to post the same news feed over and over again. PLEASE GIVE US SOMETHING ACTUALLY NEWS WORTHY
    Pencil Man
    While I don't blame Yoko, I do say that she walked in on a lot of things and John let her. Not only the Beatles and all of their recording sessions, but she also walked in on Lennon's marriage, however unhappy, like it was nothing.
    loganpwns
    orchidguitar wrote: i dont mind its only rock n' roll
    The Beatles weren't "rock n' roll" in any sense. They're pretty much a pop band.
    jimzer
    well lennon let her have some input and she was more than happy to contribute and that pissed the ohters off (i'd be pissed off too!). and to the comment above, they are pop and rock n roll you silly boy
    gallagher2006
    I kinda wish Yoko would just curl up and die. Every time Lennons birthday or Dethday comes along, she always has SOME comment about the Beatles. I'd rather hear from Ringo or Paul on the subject of who's fault it was, and I think George himself blamed Yoko as well. Stop living off Johns wealth and legacy, and just die, would you? She's expected to be hailed a god of popular music - when all she did was ruin one of the best bands ever to have existed.
    C_Miller
    gallagher2006 wrote: I kinda wish Yoko would just curl up and die. Every time Lennons birthday or Dethday comes along, she always has SOME comment about the Beatles. I'd rather hear from Ringo or Paul on the subject of who's fault it was, and I think George himself blamed Yoko as well. Stop living off Johns wealth and legacy, and just die, would you? She's expected to be hailed a god of popular music - when all she did was ruin one of the best bands ever to have existed.
    You come off as knowing about The Beatles, but you know nothing. Yoko ruined nothing. The band was falling apart and while she may have pushed John, she didn't push him away from anything that he wasn't already feeling.
    gofusiesbass09
    ReasonableRam2 wrote: Though McCartney blames her for it, it had to partially be Lennon's fault too. I've never let a girl mess with any of my projects and that is what Lennon let her do. I doubt she was trying to sabotage them or anything so it wasn't intentional.
    Actually in an interview McCartney said and I quote "[Interviewer] Is Yoko the blame for the Beatles disbanding?" "[McCartney] No."
    gofusiesbass09
    If you don't believe me look it up on YouTube. Yoko didn't break up the band, it was mutual among all of the band members. Even Paul said that.
    Blind In 1 Ear
    even if she did break them up, which she didnt, it wasnt really a bad thing. the beatles couldnt last foever and shouldnt have. they wouldnt even be as legendary if they didnt. people want more from a band or an artist if they die or break up. they all wanted to do different things. maybe yoko didnt help, but it wasnt her fault at all. her and john were in love. what do you expect her to do?
    --ESTRANGED--
    i know that they're one of, if not the beiggest band ever, but seriously, they'll never get back together, its rather impossible, so who gives one? i for one do not.
    stndrdprcdre
    How is this woman still getting interviewed? It's great that she's helping people around the world, but is her existence even remotely relevant to music?
    RKOStyles
    007dude wrote: Before anyone blames Paul, watch this - youtube.com/watch?v=7Q-2Pqm3x9Y
    he seems a little sarcastic about it....
    007dude
    Before anyone blames Paul, watch this - youtube.com/watch?v=7Q-2Pqm3x9Y
    NightEmbers
    McCartney doesnt blame Yoko, in fact he was offended when asked on some televised interview, youtube that ish
    Bottle of Dirt
    I think Lennon was drifting away anyways and she just "helped" it a long a little. Any women would do the same if they saw the man they loved wrecking themself over something like this. I'm not saying she's responsible just that she had a bigger part than she says. We all(those who were alive anyways) played a part in them splitting, she just had a larger one.
    Zeppelin Addict
    i cant believe anybody is even discussing this, its been done and over with for over 40 years... live and let die.
    Henkdemachtige
    These are things life throws at you.. Yeah maybe she should have been a good person back then because karma doesnt like people ****ing around. You break the beatles, people are gonna hate. you get what you deserve.
    johnyguitar
    The Beatles were, for the most part, John and Paul. It was well known at the time that the two of them had been at odds for at least a couple of years. Nothing out of the ordinary for 2 successful men of their ilk. Did Yoko's presence speed up the inevitable? Maybe. It was gonna happen anyway.....
    crazysam23_Atax
    Zeppelin Addict wrote: i cant believe anybody is even discussing this, its been done and over with for over 40 years... live and let die.
    Thank you!
    ReasonableRam2
    Though McCartney blames her for it, it had to partially be Lennon's fault too. I've never let a girl mess with any of my projects and that is what Lennon let her do. I doubt she was trying to sabotage them or anything so it wasn't intentional.
    Reagar
    arzga wrote: yeah that "celebrate his death" is quite disturbing
    Lol I thought that was a bit odd. I think I read this because I was hoping for some sort of new insight but there wasn't really anything new here. I mean, to credit her with breaking them up is a bit rich.