Yoko Blames Paul
John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, blames Sir Paul McCartney for splitting up the Beatles. A newly-surfaced interview from the ’80s reveals her belief that even her late husband shared the same views, despite rumors suggesting she was the catalyst.
On Dec. 28, Huffington Post followed up on a previous story about the controversy about why the British pop band split. It’s clear that Yoko blames Paul McCartney for — as she blatantly puts it — the Beatles’ “divorce.”
In a 1987 recorded interview from the Library of Congress, Ono shares with Joe Smith, a big name in the music industry, her theory about why the John, Ringo, Paul and George split up.
“The Beatles were getting very independent. Each one of them [was] getting independent. John, in fact, was not the first who wanted to leave the Beatles. [We saw] Ringo [Starr] one night with Maureen [Starkey Tigrett], and he came to John and me and said he wanted to leave. George [Harrison] was next, and then John. Paul [McCartney] was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together. But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul’s band, which they didn’t like,” she says.
While Yoko blames Paul for the end of the band as the world knew them, McCartney helps to dispel rumors from hardcore Lennon fans that she was behind the band’s break up.
In an interview with David Frost last month, Paul says, “She [Ono] certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up.”
He goes on to credit her for introducing Lennon to new styles of music through culture and art.
“I don’t think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don’t think you can blame her for anything. 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].”
Sure, Ono was a constant fixture in Lennon’s life and arguably took him away from the group. It was likely because he was madly in love and had found his soul mate. One could argue that there’s nothing wrong with following one’s heart even at the expense of fame and fortune.
While Yoko blames Paul for the Beatles demise, perhaps the person responsible is John Lennon. In the end, it appears he walked to the beat of his own drum and wasn’t afraid to leave a sure thing.