McCartney: 'Yoko didn't break up the Beatles'
The Guardian reports that the 70-year-old star told David Frost, in a rare hour-long interview to air next month, that his bandmate John Lennon's relationship with the avant-garde artist was not the reason the group to split in 1970.
"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," he said. "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."
He added that he doesn't think Lennon would've written "Imagine" without Ono. "I don't think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don't think you can blame her for anything," he said.
McCartney blamed businessman Allen Klein. who succeeded manager Brian Epstein, for fueling the break up. "I was
fighting against the other three guys who'd been my lifelong soul
buddies," he added. "I said I wanted to fight Klein."
Frost's interview with McCartney interview will air on Al Jazeera English next month.