Paul McCartney affirmed that John Lennon precipitated The Beatles breakup more than 50 years ago. He has decided to put the record straight in an excerpt from an interview with The Guardian on how he, Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr parted ways. According to the site, McCartney accepted a large portion of the criticism from fans at the time.
McCartney, who described the separation and its aftermath as the “most difficult period” of his life, addressed the split when questioned about his solo career.
“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?” McCartney remarked.
“This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue,” he continued.
According to McCartney, 79, Lennon regarded his decision to leave the Beatles as “quite thrilling” and “rather like a divorce.” He stated, however, that the surviving three members had been “left to pick up the pieces.”
McCartney proceeded by stating that the group’s manager, Allen Klein, asked the members to remain silent about the separation until he completed all the existing business transactions.
“So for a few months, we had to pretend,” McCartney said. “It was weird because we all knew it was the end of the Beatles, but we couldn’t just walk away.”
McCartney continued by stating that he became “fed up” of concealing the split and chose to “let the cat out of the bag.”
In 1970, McCartney discussed with a journalist whether The Beatles’ break was temporary or permanent. His response prompted outlets to declare that the rock band had disbanded, according to History. He later sued to terminate the Beatles’ financial partnership.
“I had to live with that because that was what people saw,” McCartney told The Guardian. “All I could do is say, no.”
Following the breakup of The Beatles, the members pursued solo endeavors. In 1968, Lennon divorced his first wife and married Yoko Ono a year later. He was fatally shot in 1980 and died at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.