Paul McCartney has revisited the breakup of The Beatles, flatly disputing the suggestion that he was responsible for the group’s demise.
Speaking on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life” that’s scheduled to air on Oct. 23, McCartney mentioned it was John Lennon who wished to disband The Beatles.
“I didn’t instigate the split,” McCartney mentioned. “That was our Johnny.”
PAUL MCCARTNEY SAYS HE WAS ‘HURTING TOO MUCH’ TO KEEP THE BEATLES GOING AFTER JOHN LENNON LEFT
The band’s followers have lengthy debated who was responsible for the breakup, with many blaming McCartney. But McCartney mentioned Lennon’s need to “break lose″ was the main driver behind the split.
Confusion about the breakup was allowed to fester because their manager asked the band members to keep quiet until he concluded a number of business deals, McCartney said.
The interview comes ahead Peter Jackson’s six-hour documentary chronicling the final months of the band. “The Beatles: Get Back,” set for release in November on Disney+, is certain to revisit the breakup of the legendary band. McCartney’s comments were first reported by The Observer.
When asked by interviewer John Wilson about the decision to strike out on his own, McCartney retorted: “Stop proper there. I’m not the one who instigated the cut up. Oh no, no, no. John walked right into a room in the future and mentioned, ‘I am leaving The Beatles.’ Is that instigating the cut up, or not?”
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McCartney expressed sadness over the breakup, saying the group was still making “fairly good things.”
“This was my band, this was my job, this was my life. So I wished it to proceed,” McCartney mentioned.