Paul McCartney Confirms That Yoko Ono Did Not Break Up The Beatles

The music legend says, despite popular belief, John Lennon's girlfriend was not the reason for the band's split

Add this to the "Better Late than Never" file: Paul McCartney doesn't think Yoko Ono caused the breakup of The Beatles.

Although Ono's oversized avant-garde influence on her late husband John Lennon has long been believed to cause the legendary band's split, McCartney says that's not true.

"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," McCartney says in an interview with David Frost which is airing on Frost's TV show on Al Jazeera English on Friday, Nov. 9.

McCartney does admit that Ono's presence at recording sessions -- in violation of the Fab Four's longstanding ban on girlfriends in the studio -- did create some tension. But 42 years after The Beatles broke up, he also credits her for pushing Lennon into successful new musical styles, exemplified by the classic hit, "Imagine."

"I don't think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don't think you can blame her for anything," McCartney tells Frost. "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]."

McCartney, famous for guarding his privacy, rarely gives long interviews, but he agreed to an in-depth sit-down with Frost, who first interviewed him 50 years ago, just as Beatlemania was beginning to change the world.

In the new interview, McCartney also discusses his beloved first wife, Linda, who died of cancer in 1998, his four children with her, eight grandchildren and his 8-year-old daughter with Heather Mills, whom McCartney acrimoniously divorced n 2008. However, he and Frost do not discuss that marriage or divorce, according to the Guardian.

"Being a father, grandfather, is my coolest thing," McCartney says. 

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