Paul McCartney: 'Yoko Ono Didn't End The Beatles'

Singer tells about the Fab Four's break-up.

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Paul McCartney has said Yoko Ono did not split up 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 why the band split up, reports NME.

The newspaper, which has seen extracts from Frost's exclusive interview, reports that McCartney admits he had found Yoko sitting in on The Beatles' recording sessions very difficult but did not blame her for the group's demise.

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 goes on to say that without the support of Yoko Ono, he believes Lennon would not have written songs such as "Imagine", adding: "I don't think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don't think you can blame her for anything."

However, the singer placed more of the blame of The Beatles break-up on businessman Allen Klein, who succeeded manager Brian Epstein following his death in 1967.

Mock punching a photograph of Klein, the 70-year-old added: "I was fighting against the other three guys who'd been my lifelong soul buddies. I said I wanted to fight Klein."

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    Very nice of Paul to set the record straight. Ofcourse, people will always keep blaming Yoko for the band's breakup, I agree with Paul and think she's been a big inspiration on John later in his life. The videos of the two of them together are heartwarming, I don't think I've ever seen John look more happy. If he wanted to leave, we should thank Yoko for keeping him artistically active!
    Agreed. And it's funny how people write Yoko off, but it's not like she remarried as soon as John died. She must've really, really loved him. As far as I'm aware she's never even had another relationship.
    The Beatles definitely didn't overstay their welcome. They're kind of like the Flight of the Conchords in that sense.
    Battery Chicken
    They were all heading their different ways, George was getting heavily involved in Eastern philosophy, Ringo was sick of the tension and Paul was trying everything to keep the group together. Yoko was the obvious scapegoat for everyone, but it had nothing to do with her. Two of them (George and John) were bored with being Beatles, and there's nothing that could've stopped the rot. It's a shame what Chapman did, because I'm certain they would've at least recorded one more album at some point after they had gotten their personal interests out of their systems.