Who split The Beatles? Paul McCartney says John Lennon, fans blame Yoko Ono

During an interview with BBC 4, Paul McCartney blamed the late John Lennon for the band’s infamous breakup in April 1970


                            Who split The Beatles? Paul McCartney says John Lennon, fans blame Yoko Ono
Paul McCartney and The Beatles (Photos by Tim P. Whitby/Terry Disney/Express/Getty Images)

There is probably no other greater rock band than The Beatles and when the members of the iconic group namely John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison went in different directions post the split in 1970, it left the fans devastated. Speaking on the split, McCartney’s new claim led to chaos on the Internet as he claimed that it was Lennon who first initiated the split and not him.

In one of the excerpts from his interview with BBC 4 Radio that is scheduled to air on October 23, the former Beatles member blamed the late singer-songwriter for the band’s infamous breakup in April 1970. “I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny,” as reported by the New York Post. The loyal fans of The Beatles have long debated who was responsible for the breakup as many believe it was always McCartney. The rock veteran, however, maintained his innocence claiming that he got impatient hiding about the split as their new manager at the time Allen Klein had asked all of them to keep mum about it.
 
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Who was responsible for The Beatles split?

McCartney, who has been long been blamed for the split, cleared the air on the matter with the interviewer John Wilson and added that it was the “most difficult period” of his life. Shedding light on the split, the 79-year-old crooner said, “Stop right there. I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said I am leaving the Beatles. Is that instigating the split, or not?” He added, “This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.” The singer said that Lennon called the decision to leave “quite thrilling” and “rather like a divorce”, as reported by the New York Post.

The Grammy-award-winning legend further revealed that Harrison and Starr were left to pick up the pieces. He also spilled the beans on how they were instructed to stay silent on their breakup. “So for a few months, we had to pretend. It was weird, because we all knew it was the end of the Beatles. But we couldn’t just walk away.” However, McCartney confessed that he got impatient and eventually decided to “let the cat out of the bag.”  The new interview of McCartney comes ahead of Peter Jackson’s six-hour documentary ‘Get Back’ that takes the band’s final moments into spotlight. McCartney and Lennon had worked together between 1963 and 1970, along with Harrison and Starr, during which the band released 11 albums, making The Beatles the best-selling band of all time.
 



 

 

‘Yoko Ono broke up the Beatles’, claims Twitter

The fans of the Beatles did not waste any time to speak on McCartney’s excerpt from his new interview. A majority of social media users felt it was Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono who led to the split of the legendary rock band. “I mean, he would say that, wouldn't he? But, if I remember correctly, it was all the others who weren't comfortable with the legal conflicts of interest he was proposing,” said one fan as another shared, “John always maintained that as well. John quit the Beatles first and then Paul.  But somehow, the media said it was Paul.”
 
The next one stated, “I think the whole world knows that Yoko broke up the Beatles.” Echoing similar sentiments, another fan posted, “I always thought it was Yoko Ono.” One user claimed, “This is and has always been the reason given by all the members. They all said many many years ago that it was the wife’s interference that caused the split.” Meanwhile, one urged, “I always thought it was Yoko Ono. And I grew up with the Beatles.” On similar lines, one tweeted, “Yoko Ono broke up the beatles.” Concluding the same, another said, “It was Yoko Ono who was so disruptive to the group's cohesion Lennon threatened to separate unless Ono was accepted by McCartney as the Beatle's chief advisor. McCartney said no, the group did very well before Ono and didn't need her wacky direction.”

The Beatles celebrate the completion of their new album, 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', at a press conference held at the west London home of their manager Brian Epstein. The LP is released on June 1st. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone/Getty Images)

 



 

 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

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