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Paul McCartney on Yoko Ono: “I Don’t Think You Can Blame Her for Anything.”

Yoko Ono remains an enduring target of wrath among Beatles fans, some of whom still consider her the straw that broke the group apart. John Lennon repeatedly discouraged that notion before his death, and now more than 30 years later, Paul McCartney has chimed in. 

In an hour long interview set to air next month, McCartney tells David Frost that Yoko “certainly didn’t break the group up.” And he explains that by the time Lennon’s relationship with Ono began, he was “definitely going to leave,” adding: “I don’t think you can blame her for anything.”

Though Sir Paul’s latest comments are unlikely to change the minds of the haters out there, he argues in the interview that, if anything, Ono deserves some credit for Lennon’s later work. Speaking about “Imagine,” McCartney says: “I don’t think he would have done that without Yoko.”