Yoko Ono says “I had nothing to do with breaking up The Beatles”

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Yoko Ono has long been blamed for The Beatles breakup. She’s denied this for years, of course, most recently in a column for Us Weekly’s “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me”.

“I had nothing do with breaking up The Beatles,” she said, adding, “And I think Paul [McCartney] is a pretty cool dude.”

Fans have consistently held that John Lennon’s relationship with Ono was a major source of the band members’ falling out. Lennon would often his bring avante-garde, politically-outspoken girlfriend into the studio and ask for her creative input, which frequently alienated the band’s other members.

Following the dissolution of The Beatles in 1970, Ono and McCartney publicly feuded over who deserved songwriting credit on some of The Beatles’ work. However, in 2013, McCartney alleviated Ono of blame for the Beatles’ demise during an interview with Nick Frost. “She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up,” he said. He added, “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 [one way or another].”

 

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