Yoko Ono has often been cited as the reason The Beatles broke up, but she is now pointing the finger at one of her biggest defenders. In a newly uncovered interview from 1987, Ono blames Paul McCartney for the British band’s “divorce.”
“The Beatles were getting very independent,” she told Joe Smith, via The Huffington Post. “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.”
Ono continued, “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.”
Interestingly enough, McCartney recently came forward and echoed similar sentiments, though in his statements he asked people to stop blaming Ono for The Beatles’ breakup.
“She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up,” he said. “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.”