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John Lennon had instigated The Beatles’ breakup, Paul McCartney says in an interview with the BBC, which will air later this month, after decades of speculation about which member would be involved in the dissolution of one of the most popular music acts. was responsible for. all the time.

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McCartney stated that he wanted to continue as a band with Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr when they broke up in 1970, according to Guardian, Which reviewed part of a new episode of “This Cultural Life”, a new BBC series.

McCartney said Lennon’s decision to leave This eventually led to the demise of The Beatles, stating that Lennon was “building a new life with Yoko,” and “always looking to break loose,” confirming rumors that have swirled over the years.

While Lennon described leaving the band as “exciting” and “like a divorce”, McCartney said, he and Starr and Harrison were left “to take the pieces”.

Calling the Beatles’ breakup “the hardest period of my life”, McCartney says that he struggled to be blamed for the band’s breakup after some fans accused him of being a member of the group by engaging lawyers in their disagreement. Accused of souring the relationship.

McCartney by the infamous time sued the other Beatles To prevent band manager Alan Klein from taking control of the group’s financial affairs, McCartney stated that Lennon had already told the other musicians that he was leaving.

The full interview will air on BBC Radio 4 October 23.

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“I’m not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said ‘I’m leaving the Beatles.’ Is it provoking division or not?” McCartney asked interviewer John Wilson about his solo career, saying, Guardian.

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For decades, many Beatles fans have blamed Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono. persuade him to leave band and for to crack Between Lennon and McCartney. McCartney said he does not blame Ono, saying during a BBC Radio 4 interview that he thought the two were “a great couple” and that “there was great strength there.” Lennon “wanted to get in a bag and lay in bed for a week in Amsterdam in peace … you can’t argue with that,” McCartney said. Ono describes the treatment she is receiving, comparing it to being false charge of murder. “It seems I was accused of something I didn’t do, which was break the beatles,” He said Interview in 2013. “It’s like you’ve been charged with murder and you’re in jail and you can’t get out.”

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When the Beatles split in 1970, they had been making music together for almost a decade. Lennon, McCartney and Harrison were still teenagers when they first met in Liverpool in the late 1950s and began playing together, and were joined by Starr many years later when they joined London’s Abbey Road studio in 1962. I was recording. best selling band In history, 183 million units have been sold. Lennon was murdered outside his New York apartment building in 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.

‘It was John who wanted a divorce’: McCartney sets record straight on Beatles split (Guardian)