Paul McCartney is setting the record straight that John Lennon was the one to break up The Beatles.
In an upcoming BBC Radio 4 episode, Paul says, “I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny. John walked into a room one day and said ‘I am leaving the Beatles.’ Is that instigating the split, or not? This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.”
He says after John’s announcement, he, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison were left to “pick up the pieces”, and were told to keep quiet by their manager since business deals had to be made.
Paul added, “The point of it really was that John was making a new life with Yoko [Ono], John had always wanted to sort of break loose from society.”
To be clear, Paul isn’t blaming Yoko. He even said, “They were a great couple. There was huge strength there.”
(Paul’s episode on BBC Radio 4’s series “This Cultural Life” airs October 23rd.)
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