In a new interview to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary that’s set to air on Nov. 9 on Al Jazeera’s English TV channel, McCartney tells David Frost that it wasn’t Ono’s artistic and personal relationships with John Lennon that caused The Beatles to split up. For what it’s worth, Lennon shared the same sentiments before his death in 1980.
“She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up,” McCartney says. “I don’t think you can blame her for anything. … 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.”
The Beatles issued a press release on April 10, 1970 announcing the dissolution of the band. Though there were many reasons for the split, many have blamed Ono over the years for Lennon’s departure from The Beatles.