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Paul McCartney has made things clear about the Beatles split in 1970, insisting that John Lennon initiated the split.
When the Fab Four broke up, newspaper headlines such as “Paul Quits the Beatles” suggested that McCartney was responsible.
Now, more than 50 years later, Paul tells BBC Radio 4’s This Cultural Life interview series that he and band members Ringo Starr and George Harrison wanted the chart-topping group to continue.
When asked about his decision to go solo, McCartney responds, “Stop there. I’m not the person who instigated the split. Oh no no no John walked into a room one day and said, ‘I’m leaving the Beatles.’ Is that causing the division or not?
“This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue,” he says in the interview, according to The Guardian.
Fans also previously blamed Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono for causing a breakup and the Band on the Run singer admits that John and Yoko’s romance played a role in the dissolution of The Beatles.
“The point really was that John was making a new life with Yoko,” he shares, though he also doesn’t hold Ono responsible, telling BBC reporter John Wilson, “They were a great couple. There was a great force there. “
He adds, “John had always wanted to separate himself from society because, you know, he was raised by his Aunt Mimi, who was quite repressive, so he was always looking to break free.”
After the band agreed to go their separate ways, then-manager Allen Klein “told them to shut up so he could get some business deals done,” which McCartney believes is the source of confusion over who instigated the historic split.
“So for a few months we had to pretend,” McCartney explains to Wilson. “It was weird because we all knew it was the end of the Beatles, but we couldn’t just walk away.”
Finally, the composer of Another Day “dropped the cat out of the bag” because “he was sick of hiding it.”
He notes that the breakup felt “more like a divorce” and that he, Ringo and George were “left to pick up the pieces.”
The hour-long interview with the music legend will air on October 23.