One of the biggest questions in the history of the music industry is, Who broke up The Beatles. All of these years later Paul McCartney is looking to set the record straight. Historically though, there have always been two theories surrounding what actually happened that led to the band’s breakup. Some people have speculated that it was John Lennon, and specifically, John Lennon influenced by Yoko Ono. While the fans that are still on John Lennon’s side have always blamed McCartney for the split. Sir Paul is coming clean!
It Was John Lennon Who First Called It Quits
McCartney was interviewed recently by the BBC in a new special around the band. When the subject came up about who actually broke up the Beatles the 79-year-old McCartney potentially had, had enough of sharing the blame with Lennon all of these years. He didn’t hold back and ⁸blatantly admitted that it was actually John who broke up the band saying,
“Stop right there. I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no,” McCartney was clear to say “John [Lennon] walked into the room one day and said, ‘I am leaving the Beatles.’
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Why People Thought That McCartney Was The One To Blame For The Split
Paul also took some time to talk about why people blamed him for years about the split. The issue was, at least according to McCartney, that he was the first one out of the group to announce that he was going solo. Before he made the announcement though John Lennon had already informed the band that he was not going to continue. Paul recalled,
“I didn’t instigate the split. It was out Johnny who came in one day and said, ‘I’m leaving,'”
Yoko Played A Big Role In The Split
Although McCartney didn’t necessarily, “blame” Yoko directly for the split. He did mention that the reason why Lennon wanted to leave The Beatles was literally that he wanted to lay in bed with Yoko all day. Although John Lennon isn’t around to defend himself his former bandmate did throw some shade his way saying,
“The point of it really was that John was making a new life with Yoko [Ono], and he wanted to go in a bag and lie in bed for a week in Amsterdam, for peace,”
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Still Not Great Friends With Yoko
Paul would go on to talk about the time that the band split as the most difficult time of his life. As he struggled to find purpose or even what to do on a daily basis without the band. Even though he didn’t necessarily say anything mean about Yoko Ono in his latest media appearance, it’s pretty clear that he, Ringo, and George Harrison aren’t exactly fond of her. Recently, Ringo Starr revealed to Jimmy Kimmel that he and Paul are in regular contact, and they go out and have dinner with their wives, and George Harrison’s widow from time to time. No sign of Yoko at those gatherings!