For years, Yoko Ono has been blamed for the demise of the Beatles; fans and media alike accused her as the reason that John Lennon left the group. Now, Paul McCartney is setting the record straight about the controversial widow.
The BBC reports that in an upcoming interview with David Frost, McCartney explains that he does not blame Ono for the breakup of the Beatles and that Lennon was going to leave no matter what.
“She certainly didn’t break the group up,” McCartney told Frost. “I don’t think you can blame her for anything,” he continued. Finally, McCartney claimed that Lennon was “definitely going to leave.”
Ono has received major criticism for her marriage to Lennon. Her name has become a pop-culture reference, often referring to a person who has caused a group to break up. However, McCartney does not harbor any negative feelings towards Ono. He credits her to making Lennon a better and more creative artist, even saying that without her, Lennon wouldn’t have been able to write “Imagine.”
“When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things,” McCartney said. “She showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave.”
Besides addressing the Ono rumors, McCartney also talks to the reporter about losing his mother at the age of 14 and the death of his first wife Linda.