Did Yoko Ono really cause the Beatles to break up, or was it Paul McCartney's fault? A newly surfaced video shows Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, blaming former Beatle Paul McCartney for the band's breakup. The Huffington Post found the video from 1987 in the Library of Congress, in which Yoko blames Paul for the Beatles breakup in no uncertain terms. She claims the "divorce" was Paul's doing and not her own, even though she has long been hailed as the reason the group fractured around 1970.
In the interview, she says:
"The Beatles were getting very independent. Each one of them [was] getting independent. John, in fact, was not the first who wanted to leave the Beatles. [We saw] Ringo [Starr] one night with Maureen [Starkey Tigrett], and he came to John and me and said he wanted to leave. George [Harrison] was next, and then John. Paul [McCartney] was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together. But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul's band, which they didn't like."
The fact that Yoko blames Paul for the breakup did not seem to phase McCartney, who just last month in an interview with David Frost claimed the band was destined to break up with or without Yoko Ono's influence.