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Paul McCartney Defends Yoko Ono In Beatle Breakup

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when it’s time to make peace. I think Paul is at that point in his life. He was basically silent about Yoko the last forty years, so why bring this up again, unless he wants to clear the air once and for all.

The Daily reports Beatles legend Paul McCartney is finally defending Yoko Ono against claims that her controversial relationship with John Lennon broke up the Fab Four.

“I don’t think you can blame her for anything,” McCartney tells David Frost in an hour long interview airing next month on Al Jazeera English, according to the BBC. “She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up.”

McCartney, who shared singing and songwriting duties with Lennon in the most successful pop partnership of all time, said Lennon was headed for a solo career, regardless of Ono’s influence.

“So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave,” McCartney said, crediting Ono for inspiring Lennon to write “Imagine” and other hits.

“I don’t think he would have done that without Yoko,” McCartney said.

Sir Paul also said said that in retrospect he was happy with the timing of the band’s 1970 split, saying they left “a neat body of work” so the breakup “wasn’t that bad a thing.”

McCartney does reserve some bitterness for Beatles manager Allen Klein, who took over after Brian Epstein died in 1967, and caused a rift in the group.

“I was fighting against the other three guys who’d been my lifelong soul buddies. I said I wanted to fight Klein,” he said.

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