For years, many believed that Yoko Ono was to blame for the Beatles split but apparently that’s not the case. In a new interview that will air next month, Paul McCartney told David Frost that Ono was not the catalyst for the band’s breakup.
“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,” the singer said
McCartney also told Frost that without Ono, John Lennon would not have written songs like “Imagine,” adding, “I don’t think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don’t think you can blame her for anything.”
If anyone is to blame, McCartney says that it should be Allen Klien, the band’s manager after Brian Epstein died in 1967.
“I was fighting against the other three guys who’d been my lifelong soul buddies. I said I wanted to fight Klein.”
McCartney’s conversation with Frost is part of a series of 60- minute interviews that will be aired on Al Jazeera English starting Nov. 6. [NME]