Yoko Oh-no: It really wasn't me who split the Beatles, says McCartney
It was Lennon who did the dirties, but Paul still can't help feeling guilty
Nearly 40 years on, the split of The Beatles still lingers with Paul McCartney – according to a revealing new interview, at least.
The 76-year-old musician raised the matter of the acrimonious demise of the Fab Four with GQ magazine, in spite of the fact the journalist “never asked him” about the matter.
McCartney apparently still feels saddled with the blame because “the only way to save the business side of it was me suing the Beatles”, he says, describing the lawsuit as “a total heartache”.
“One of the sadnesses for me when the Beatles broke up [...] the residue was that I was to blame. I was ‘the one who broke the Beatles up’,” McCartney told the magazine.
“And so I spent quite a bit of time – you know, still doing it – to sort of say: ‘No, I didn’t. John wanted Yoko, so he said we’re leaving the Beatles …’ But because of that suing incident, the word got out that I was the baddie.
“And the worst thing was: I kind of bought into it. My psyche sort of said: ‘No, no, no, no, no, no… Yes!... No, you weren’t …You were!’ I really wasn’t, but if everyone thinks you were, then maybe you were.”
The Beatles began to split in 1968, although the disbandment of the group wasn’t made publicly official until 1970, when McCartney said he was leaving the band. Lennon, however, had told the group in 1969 that he wished to leave amid mounting tensions between the rest of the band and the input of Ono, who would become his second wife.
McCartney did say, however, he imagined he and Lennon would have a good friendship were the other Beatle still alive today: “I was very lucky because before he died we had a good relationship, so I think it would have just got better and better as we matured.
“I probably would have been able to tell him what a fan of his I was now. These days, I can tell everyone else, and I think I would have been able to tell him now. Whereas I implied it when we were together, I never said: ‘Oh, you're fucking great, man, I’m such a fan of yours.’ We just hinted at it with each other. We were Liverpool guys, and you don’t do that – you don’t compliment each other. It’s just how you’re brought up.”
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