McCartney: Yoko Didn't Break Up the Beatles

John Lennon was going to leave anyway, Paul says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 29, 2012 8:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – All those years you’ve harbored a grudge against Yoko Ono for breaking up the Beatles … and now it turns out you can let it go. "She certainly didn't break the group up," Paul McCartney says in a new TV interview set to air next month, the BBC reports. "I don't think you can blame her for anything.” John Lennon, he adds, was “definitely going to leave.”

Plus, Ono inspired Lennon to write such hits as “Imagine,” McCartney says."When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things," he says. "She showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave."

Paul McCartney talks to Yoko Ono as they arrive for the UK Premiere of George Harrison: Living in the Material World, at a central London cinema, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.
Paul McCartney talks to Yoko Ono as they arrive for the UK Premiere of George Harrison: Living in the Material World, at a central London cinema, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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