Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Yoko Ono ‘very thankful’ Paul McCartney doesn’t blame her for Beatles’ split

Yoko Ono with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Yoko Ono with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Forty-three years after the Beatles officially disbanded, Yoko Ono says she is “very, very thankful” Paul McCartney does not blame her for the band’s breakup.

Many Beatles fans have accused Ono, who married John Lennon in 1969, of driving a wedge between Lennon and his bandmates and ultimately causing the band to fall apart the following year.

Ono, 80, and McCartney, 71, have feuded publicly in the decades following the band’s split, disputing songwriting credits in the Beatles’ catalogue and exchanging personal barbs. Ono once called McCartney a “Salieri to Lennon’s Mozart,” and McCartney once described Ono as “not the brightest of buttons.”

Finally, last year, McCartney seemed ready to bury the hatchet.

“[Ono] certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up,” he told legendary journalist David Frost. He even said that without Ono, John Lennon may never have written some of his most iconic songs, such as “Imagine.”

“I don’t think he wouldn’t have done that without Yoko, so I don’t think you can blame her for anything,” he said. “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].”

Now, in a recent interview with the U.K.’s Times, Ono revealed her reaction to McCartney’s apparent peace offering.

“I mean, I was shocked,” she said. “I thought, ‘Now are you saying it? Now, after 40 years?’ But it was very good. In the atmosphere that the world created for us, it was not easy for him to say something like that.”

She also took a philosophical view of the hostility she has faced from many fans over the years over her association with John Lennon and the Beatles.

“I’m starting to understand something interesting,” she told the Times. “If all those people hadn’t bashed me, what would I be doing now? What I am now was made by all those terrible incidents. I thought it was terrible all those years, but when I think about it now, I realized it was a blessing.”

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Lindsay Lowe
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