Paul McCartney has reviewed the breakup of The Beatles, flatly refuting the suggestion that he was responsible for the group’s demise.
Speaking on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life” that is scheduled to air on October 23, McCartney said it was John Lennon who wanted to disband The Beatles.
“I didn’t instigate the division,” McCartney said. “That was our Johnny.”
Fans of the band have long debated who was responsible for the breakup, with many blaming McCartney. But McCartney said Lennon’s desire to “lose control” was the main driver of the division.
Confusion about the breakup was allowed to escalate because his manager asked the band members to keep quiet until he concluded a series of business deals, McCartney said.
The interview anticipates Peter Jackson’s six-hour documentary chronicling the band’s final months. “The Beatles: Get Back”, which will premiere in November on Disney +, will surely return to talk about the breakup of the legendary band. McCartney’s comments were first reported by The Observer.
When asked by interviewer John Wilson about the decision to act on his own, McCartney responded, “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?
McCartney expressed his sadness over the breakup and said the group was still doing “pretty good things.”
“This was my band, this was my job, this was my life. So I wanted it to continue, ”McCartney said.