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Yoko Ono Blames Paul McCartney For Breaking Up Beatles

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Yoko Ono is considered by many to be the source of the Beatles breakup. But John Lennon’s wife is pointing her finger at someone else: Paul McCartney.

In a newly released interview, Yoko Ono blames Paul for the Beatles “divorce,” saying that the Beatles were becoming Paul’s band and that the other members didn’t like that.

According to Ono, Ringo Starr and George Harrison both wanted out of the Beatles before Lennon did. Paul tried to keep the band together but the other band members were too independent and didn’t want to be a part of “Paul’s band.”

In a 1987 interview with Rolling Stone, Ono said:

“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.”

McCartney may not agree that he was trying to turn the Beatles into his band but the rocker would agree that Yoko Ono was not responsible for the Beatle’s breakup. McCartney said in a recent interview:

“(Yoko) certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up.”

The Yoko Ono interview, as well as interviews with Harrison, McCartney, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and several other music legends were recently released by the Library of Congress.

Are you surprised that Yoko Ono blames Paul McCartney for breaking up the Beatles?

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322 Responses to “Yoko Ono Blames Paul McCartney For Breaking Up Beatles”

  1. Dianne Wall

    Good! Paul stepped up like a man and told the truth. He did not hide behind Yoko's skirts. the Beatles were on the road to the usual power struggles that happen with a band, it was a natural progress to be expected. sometimes the spot light is not big enough to handle that many talented men's egos. Cut off your nose to spite your face…very mature!

  2. Anonymous

    This is all BS on T^he Inquisitir's part. Just making this stuff up. It's a slow news day………………

  3. Virtuous Xman

    Man this topic is old. Bottom line each member was going in a different direction. That is what broke them up. Harrisson said it before, if they had stayed together the albums would continue to come out like the white album. Four seperate people on one album. Personally I'm glad they broke up. Its just a shame they never got back together everyone once and a while to do an album. Because for such an influential band in history to break up, would show up and coming bands of what NOT to do.

  4. Tom Lowery

    Can't see anything wrong with what she said. The group members all wanted to pursue their own thing as opposed to being led by any one member of the group. Their choice – deal with it.

  5. Anonymous

    Not surprised that Paul is being blamed, or the reason stated in the article. McCartney was more in tune to the business side of the music, it's not all about playing music. The business dealings would tend to guide the band in a certain direction. Perhaps that's why John, George and Ringo felt they were being led; they very well may have been and didn't care for the direction. All in all, my belief is it's all ego driven stuff (everybody has one) and this shouldn't be the basis to lay blame on anyone.

  6. Anonymous

    Not surprised that Paul is being blamed, or the reason stated in the article. McCartney was more in tune to the business side of the music, it's not all about playing music. The business dealings would tend to guide the band in a certain direction. Perhaps that's why John, George and Ringo felt they were being led; they very well may have been and didn't care for the direction. All in all, my belief is it's all ego driven stuff (everybody has one) and this shouldn't be the basis to lay blame on anyone.

  7. Victoria Tartaglia-Rose

    Yoko needs to get a life and move on..I'm sure John doesn't care about earthly nonsense.

  8. John W Orlando

    I guess I'm missing something , the article says that Paul was the only one trying to keep them together but he is the reason they were breaking up. George , John and Ringo wanted to break it up , how is that his fault. And at this time , about 40 years later who cares!

  9. Yukio Sasaki

    Her influence is terribly overstated. Three less talented musicians became jealous and wanted a relief, and all the three could afford that. It's all natural.

  10. Anonymous

    Oh please. Is a 1987 interview really news? Instead of quoting Yoko Ono from 25 years ago, why not interview her now and at least get a current story. Instead of "Yoko Blames Paul", it should be "Yoko BLAMED Paul".

  11. Tjaden Sadowski

    This was an interview in 1987! Can't really see the controversy. Besides she's partly right. You know who really broke up the Beatles? John, Paul, George and Ringo. They needed space — end of story. Too bad they couldn't have come back together after a haitus. I think they all missed each other.

  12. Drew Quail

    Hope at least SOME of y'all noticed that THIS WAS FROM A 1987 INTERVIEW!
    A LOT of things have been said over the years, and for a lot of different reasons from varying POVs based on different ongoing life-experiences etc. etc….Oh and Btw, if you watch the movie "Let It Be", which actually covers the period of their "ending", you get the distinct impression that "it doesn't matter WHO is ultimately, supposedly to blame here, this band is DOOMED–headed for a break-up regardless, and that as far as its members are concerned right here and now, the sooner the BETTER!"

  13. Serena Kirby

    To quote the Beatles themselves: I think it was John who said, "The Beatles broke up the Beatles." It's just more fun to blame Yoko. Certainly more fun than blaming Paul. Even though he was the one who filed the official court documents, they were already pretty much done by then. The dissolution started around the time they were recording The White Album; anybody with ears can hear they were all starting to travel in different musical directions by that time. Above and beyond all that, they've been broken up longer than I've been alive. WHO CARES at this point WHY or HOW they broke up. And I'm a huge Beatles fan, but really, it's old news. Get over it already.

  14. Anonymous

    I always said, If I could go back in time, I'd push yoko into the bullet.

  15. Swagtastic Von Jackson

    Thanks for that comment. I have to shoot myself in the head now.

  16. Robert Ringenberg

    Does it really matter who was to blame? Four very different people got together for a time and made magic. The greatest band ever broke up. We still have their wonderful music to enjoy and pass on to future generations. Thank you John, Paul, George, and Ringo for what you gave us collectively as The Beatles, and what you gave us in your solo careers. You will NEVER be forgotten.

  17. Swagtastic Von Jackson

    Certainly the time to care about the Beatles' breakup is now.

  18. Stanley Thomas Fowler

    how could it be pauls fault if he was the one trying to keep them together? truth is there was such acrimony between paul and john, I remember reading a lot of john lennon interviews in playboy.

  19. Stanley Thomas Fowler

    how could it be pauls fault if he was the one trying to keep them together? truth is there was such acrimony between paul and john, I remember reading a lot of john lennon interviews in playboy.

  20. Anonymous

    Yoko didn't help matters, but the world's greatest band started to fall apart with the death of their manager, Brian Epstein. Brian did everything for them and without him they were helpless.

  21. Drew Quail

    Oh, and bear in mind that Yoko Ono is a near-billionaire who exercises her resulting-(very real) power in quiet but definite ways behind-the-scenes, in the service especially of protecting her own image and that of John's, his "legacy" (as she sees it) , and her (according-to-HER non-) place in "the Beatles' break-up".

  22. Kurt Steinberg

    every band goes thru that I know I'm a musicican but at times there is always someone else who is trying to break up a group. paul felt its a good thing to stay together because they are and will always be great. but I do believe she had something to do with some of it..

  23. James Cranston

    At least Obama did not get blamed,poor guy gets blamed for everything these days by teabags and fixed news.

  24. James Cranston

    At least Obama did not get blamed,poor guy gets blamed for everything these days by teabags and fixed news.

  25. Anonymous

    I agree!! I always said, If I could go back in time, I'd push yoko into the bullet

  26. Rob Senna

    Yoko is a dumb bitch! She has to much time and money. John was a great man both with the Beatles and on his own.. They are all great! I don't know why this dumb bitch hasn't gone away. She was not a member of the Beatles.. who cares what she has to say.. Your right perrykaplan to bad she didn't take the bullet..LMAO.

  27. Anonymous

    From what I read Yoko is NOT blaming Paul for the break-up.. in fact, she points out that HE Tried to keep them together and the only thing that did was make the band more like "Paul's band"! No harm no foul… this article should be titled "Yoko confirms Paul McCartney kept The Beatles from breaking up sooner".

  28. Anonymous

    From what I read Yoko is NOT blaming Paul for the break-up.. in fact, she points out that HE Tried to keep them together and the only thing that did was make the band more like "Paul's band"! No harm no foul… this article should be titled "Yoko confirms Paul McCartney kept The Beatles from breaking up sooner".

  29. Anonymous

    Mike Jagger. Hey, only his family & John Lennon (Rock n Roll Circus) got to call him Michael. The Beatles were never the same after they came back from India (see Geoff Emerick's memoir). a)they grew apart b)they stopped being a band, i.e. touring, playing as a band c)they lost their manager then fought over their management (enter Allen Klein) while creating the money pit called Apple, then began suing one another (the worst kind of divorce). Ultimately the problem was between John & Paul. Like it is between Mike & Keith. The Everly Brothers didn't like each other much either…

  30. Anonymous

    Mike Jagger. Hey, only his family & John Lennon (Rock n Roll Circus) got to call him Michael. The Beatles were never the same after they came back from India (see Geoff Emerick's memoir). a)they grew apart b)they stopped being a band, i.e. touring, playing as a band c)they lost their manager then fought over their management (enter Allen Klein) while creating the money pit called Apple, then began suing one another (the worst kind of divorce). Ultimately the problem was between John & Paul. Like it is between Mike & Keith. The Everly Brothers didn't like each other much either…

  31. Julia Morrow

    Not that we needed further proof, but this is a great example of the media stirring things up because they can. McCartney says it wasn't Ono's fault in a recent interview, so media digs up a 25 year-old interview where Ono blamed McCartney! It has been more than 30 years since the Beatles broke up, it's time to get over it folks.

  32. Arthur Pilibosian

    I think the band just needed a long break & recoup (meaning years) from the touring, recording and all the attention. Every album took us in a different direction. They had all the money they could want. As a solo George suceeded. I wasn't too crazy about John or Pauls solo career. Forget about Yoko , if John didn't need her so much she would be a nobody & Yoko desperately craves attention.

  33. Gerry Norquist

    Mike Jaggar? Isn't he a Field Goal Kicker for some NFL team? Come on, do you not have a competent Editor? Oh yeah, and by the way, it was the start of "Climate Change" that really did it!

  34. Vickie Lee Lytle

    OMG! She is still full of it! I call her YUKKO. She makes me sick!

  35. Kurt Steinberg

    she is just trying to get into the spot light again. the band needed a break from one another and wo knows mabey they would have come back and made a great album.

  36. Kurt Steinberg

    she is just trying to get into the spot light again. the band needed a break from one another and wo knows mabey they would have come back and made a great album.

  37. Vickie Lee Lytle

    OMG! She is still full of it. I call her YUKKO. She makes me sick.

  38. Vickie Lee Lytle

    OMG! She is still full of it. I call her YUKKO. She makes me sick.

  39. Linda Alcorn

    The Beatles are the BEST band ever! They did so many types of music , made a ton of money, So what if they didn't want to stay together. As for Yoko Ono , John Lennon loved her, that's all that mattered. The only thing that I wished they done is reunite on Saturday Night Live!

  40. Linda Alcorn

    The Beatles are the BEST band ever! They did so many types of music , made a ton of money, So what if they didn't want to stay together. As for Yoko Ono , John Lennon loved her, that's all that mattered. The only thing that I wished they done is reunite on Saturday Night Live!

  41. Eric Walker

    According to the above article, this is from a 1987 interview she did with Rolling Stone. How is this a new revelation? I know it says it was just released by the Library of Congress, but it's still been a public story for the past 25 years.

  42. Rebecca Oyer

    Yoko needs to let this go. The Beatles were at a point when it was time to break up. On another note~ Yoko looks so much better now than she did back then…

  43. Anonymous

    And why do we care now that two of the four have gone off to meet their maker? Personally, I think we should blame Nixon, he gets the blame for everything else back then.

  44. Raymond Tati Leyva

    they broke up just in time to not become a parody of the beatles, I mean look around Led Zeppelin knew when to get out. the legacy of these two bands will never be tarnished. other bands may have had a better legacy. look at the stones or the who both historic bands and yet they continue on, diminishing quality with lackluster output. pink floyd to a lesser degree. and lets not get started on the bands from the 70s…………..just saying.

  45. Chris Gulyas

    PAUL, YOKO AND RINGO: Stop fighting. Just STOP. The clock is ticking and it is not ticking in YOUR favor. Call it a draw, call it a day, but call it. Get the Beatles together again (in some fashion) and play music. All of you were against fighting (war, poverty, etc). This INCLUDES personal beliefs.

    Look, if the Monkees can do it and the Beach Boys can do it, YOU SURE AS HELL CAN TOO.

  46. Gary Palmer

    Look-up "talentless idiot" in the dictionary I bet you see her picture….

  47. Mike Bartlett

    The beginning of the end of the Beatles was the untimely death of Brian Epstein. When he died everything started to fall apart. It was just a matter of time as to how long the Beatles would continue.

  48. Martha Adkisson

    Why is this even relevant after 35+ years? Let the memory of their time and greatness be what is remembered and move on.

  49. Laura Walker

    Ok, we all agree Yoko has the charisma of a lump of coal, but where exactly did she blame Paul for doing anything but trying to keep the band together when everyone else wanted to break up? Talk about twisting words to try to create a story where there isn't one.

  50. Jeff Cavalli

    Congratulations, you've won the award for this thread's "Most Ridiculous Possible Comment". Your prize will arrive in 3 to 5 business days.

  51. Anonymous

    The Beatles had their time in the lime light. I believe they all had attitudes, and egos. It seems to me, they all wanted to go in different directions. And so they did. In spite of court battles over management, record royalties, and what have you….I believe they were all very successful as individual artists. We will most likely never see another band such as The Beatles. But that is okay. We have the music, the film footage, and the memories.

  52. Dixie Cameron

    More then anything around the whole Yoko thing, the part that pisses me off the most is she failed to share some of Johns wealth with his other son Julian. That in my opinion makes here a money grasping bitch.

  53. Mike Lereaux

    just watch let it be as a hint.you'll see a scence between paul and george.by then pauls ego was getting in the way, john really didn't care much, ringo was into his movie making and george was closer to ravi and getting his material released ie see all things must pass…in the end it doesn't matter, was and still is the best group this world will ever see and thank god I lived during their time they were together!

  54. Dave Lenckus

    John, it has to do with perception, which can be more powerful than the unvarnished truth. In George and Ringo's mind, Paul was trying to turn the Beatles into his band, and that is what drove a wedge among the bandmates. This is what they told John and Yoko. In Paul's mind, however, he recognized that the band was crumbling. But perhaps he wanted to produce a couple more albums before the split. Paul's recognition of all of his bandmates' growing independence is why he saw that Yoko was not to blame for the split. Why do we care? One, it's part of our generation's history. Two, it's a very interesting and telling study in psychology. Three, it's a learning leasson. In fact, NPR produced a story this week on a band that routinely takes breaks so its members can work independently. After those breaks, they get back together for awhile to collaborate. The band said it has taken this approach because of how The Beatles disintegrated and never regrouped.

  55. Michael Tanner

    Mmmm, wasn't it the beatles that blamed Yoko for the break up? lennon murdered, Harrison stabbed, then died of a brain related illness, then there were two..The break up? it's all about karma. Still, they are greatly missed..They, like everyone else, were looking for their epiphany.

  56. Brad Andrews

    Paul is just saying that 40 years later to keep the peace. He knows what really happened. First Yoko broke up Lennon's marriage. Lennon's real wife walked in one night to find John & Yoko in bathrobes smoking. They said "Oh Hi" and she filed for divorce. Next, Lennon tells the other three Beatles that he's leaving to join the Uno Plastic Band, which he did and came out with "Imagine" on Yoko's next album. Paul immediately went into the studio and came out w/ "Band on the Run."

  57. Anonymous

    I think that was not very gracious of Yoko to say that when Paul said Yoko was not the reason the Beatle's broke up. The band was obviously going their different ways musically. It showed in their writing. I think George Harrison was definitely looking for a different voice and wanted to do it on his own. John and Paul's writing was so much different from one another at the time they disbanded. It was inevitable and there is no one to blame. They will always be the most influential band in rock history.

  58. Anonymous

    I blame Bush for being a complete puppet idiot! Cheney pulled the strings obviously. At least the Beatles had intelligence. Bush NOT!!!!

  59. Juan Aulet

    Yoko is right I always knew that Paul was the reason why the Beatles broke up. I could tell by looking at the let it be film and the let it be sessions videos how he boss then around except John he wouldn't dare to boss him around, but it showed that what Yoko is saying is right he was trying to make them his band.

  60. Timothy Sullivan

    Dave Lenckus …you were not there and not part of the band. Shut up already with your thoughts about the breakup! You talk as if you were there for the events as they took place. Stop it already!

  61. Anonymous

    I don't see her blaming anybody in this interview, she's just reporting the facts. The dream is over, folks. Move on, nothing to see here and stop making something out of nothing.

  62. David Grover

    I never thought she was the reason the Beatles broke up as I thought there were several things that contributed to it, however she certainly did add fuel to the fire so to speak…

  63. David Grover

    I never thought she was the reason the Beatles broke up as I thought there were several things that contributed to it, however she certainly did add fuel to the fire so to speak…

  64. Brian Willis

    Yeah, because Bush was running deficits, unfunded and unjustified wars, torture camps, Patriot Act, "holy wars", Enron, Too Big To Fail. Glad we can't blame him anymore. Phew. Let's blame somebody else for the roots of all of our problems, especially since the Republican House has been agreeing on so much lately.

  65. Don McGuire

    How long has been now since they split up? Glad they finally got it settled. Now maybe Paul and Yoko can fix the fiscal cliff problems.

  66. Rob Reinike

    is this new? It says the quote is from a 1987 article from R. Stone. Why is this resurfacing now or did she recently talk about it again?

  67. Steve Hendriks

    Seems to me that Paul was the only one who wanted to keep the band together, and it was the growing egos of Ringo and George that broke it apart. Or am I missing something here?

  68. Willie Nixon

    Rants of a lunatic. sic "Paul was trying to make it his band. Paul broke up the Beatles." That's ridiculous.

  69. Debbie Ryan

    It is all water under the bridge now…She would never even have been heard of if it wasn't for her to marry John…Why doesn't she just stay is seclusion…She is rich enough….

  70. Condon Prescott

    McCartney certainly didn't do very much on his own.That should explain something.

  71. Whitney Henson

    Um, you guys, that was 40 years ago. We've all moved on. No one cares anymore. Please take your multi-millions and do something positive with your lives in the here and now.

  72. Philip Norris

    A very astute and well thought out reply, Dave. I think one thing people forget is how truly BIG they were in their day. Each one had a group of people telling them how great they were individually (for whatever reason). I've read where it got so bad they only talked to each other in the studio. As a band you can't do that and stay together very long. In the Beatles case at the beginning John did a lot of the work and it was a team. Paul took up the slack and wrote songs that were "pop" and make money. Plus, Paul kept pushing to do a major tour and the rest didn't want to.

    Ray Davies of the KINKS, wrote in his book X-Ray that when the KINKS met the Beatles in the early 60's that he could tell there was a certain negative tension in the band, that an observer could see cracks between the group. And coming from Ray Davies seeing that in between punch ups with his brother Dave and Mick Avory, that says a lot right there.

  73. Tatsuya Ishikawa

    If the each horse starts looking at the different direction, the carriage can't go on.
    Beatle started their journey not as a carriage with horses, but on the way, someone or something made them to run as horses pulling a carriage.

  74. Phil Humphrey

    I remember those days. It was sad. Lennon was always on acid, Harrison thought he was a mystic, Ringo was getting drunk every day and wanted to make a children's album, and Paul was under the spell of Linda Eastman. The magic was gone. It's a wonder any of us survived.

  75. Jill Kasper Dentzer

    Another misleading headline by Yahoo. Big surprise. Yoko says that Paul was trying to hold a band together that didn't want to be together anymore. Paul didn't break up the Beatles. They imploded, and Paul maybe was being to overbearing but only to keep it together.

  76. Ricky Longo Burrows

    I never believed Yoko broke the Beatles up and then McCartney in the recent past years wanted to change the writing credits on all the songs he and John Lennon wrote together from Lennon-McCartney to McCartney Lennon that right there should speak volumes right there and of course John was dead. Thank goodness Yoko fought him and won. Really Paul it's only alphabetical order and you're still famous and rich enough. Oh by the way I was way more a Rolling Stones fan, in the above paragraphs who is Mike Jagger? Guys come on proof read a bit better or in case it's just young writers who don't know it's Mick Jagger got that Mick Jagger.

  77. Philip Norris

    Timothy Sullivan, Dave has every right to say what he believes. Just as you can spout such anger. The fact is there are so many books out about the Beatles that even a moron like you (provided you can read and not just spout anger) could read and learn just about anything and everything. They led lives where they had people writing books and selling rumors on a daily basis. It says a lot that the band was together as long as it was.

  78. Brotherap OnGo

    The blaming of Yoko, has always been psychologically and subliminally based upon her race, and her weirdness. By the time Yoko came along both British and American Madison Avenues had fashioned the image of the Beatles that they wanted sold to the world public, and John Lennon choosing this strange, anorexic looking Asian woman was not the subliminal image that they wanted to market to the public. I doubt that she would have received the blame had she been a Caucasian Anglo-Saxon mate for Lennon. She didn't talk too loud, but when she did she might as well been shouting because the subliminal mind of most people had by now been programmed to think that the Beatles were a new white phenom entertainment royalty intended to replace Elvis and therefore their wives or paramours should be of that same mentally implanted royal stock. However, they keep forgetting, John was the ultimate renegade, whose counter crusade socially and personally was what made the internal competition to produce the finest music between Paul and to some degree George, made the group and it's legacy what it ultimately became; GREAT.

  79. Lori Anne Sickman

    Agree with everything you wrote! I'll add…I never though much of Yoko and her drama but John loved her.

  80. Michele Waldman

    @Timothy: Was that really necessary? Some people are "TRUE FANS" and know a heck of a lot about the Beatles. Dave never claimed to be there for the events, so YOU just stop it already! Take your meds~ Relax a bit.

  81. Doug Iverson

    It must be difficult being famous because of who you married and then all of a sudden having almost no access to the media. How sad.

  82. Anonymous

    Yoko you hot little piece of sushi….don't be a hater. We all know the band broke up because of the jealousy of your talent. Paul, George and Ringo just could not go on knowing that you were to take the band to new heights. Now call Paul and apologize…let him eat some yellowtail off your tummy and practicve what John preached….Love.

  83. Elizabeth Fiorito

    Are you even kidding me with this article? Wise words from Yoko, indeed — bah! Who cares what she says! Trying to turn the band into "Paul's Band?" Yeah. MMmm hmmm. Because the other three Beatles were real push overs and followed him around like puppies throughout their Beatles lives. They were all TERRIFIED of John who could be violent and nasty and mean — especially when he was on heroin — thanks Yoko for introducing him to that, by the way. Please. Why in the world are we consulting Yoko freaking Ono on ANYTHING to do with the Beatles? Sheesh!

  84. Marc Seligman

    I always felt the Beatles broke up because they had gone as far as they were going to go as a group together. Hindsight 20/20 it turned out to be a good thing rather than putting out lousy albums just to get paid. We never really heard there was any real hatred between them. McCartney stated in a Rolling Stone interview (recent like 2011 or perhaps this year) that he went into the recording studio Lennon was working in with Harry Nilsson, they recorded some stuff and it sounded awful.

    My feeling on why they never got back together to do "that one last concert" or just reunite was because the Beatles were so huge during a crazy time of change in this world. For them to get back together could never be just about the music. It would be about a time during a generation. For some that would be great, for some it's best the memories stay where they are.

  85. Mark Lecuona

    I've read up quite a bit on The Beatles (John Lennon interviews) and we've all seen the pictures; John and Yoko INSISTED that she sit right in the inner-circle of the recording studio. I read a quote from John where he said that all she wanted to do was jam with them. Wel that to me was asking too much. This was John's choice to bring her and force the three other members to accept her. Another thing I read; they rigged up a microphone for her so she could make comments while they were recording. That speaks for itself.

  86. Tori Gangle

    Who really cares anymore? It was a short lived band that gave us some nice times, but they couldn't transition to the 70's music scene. That's the real story here.

  87. Marv Goble

    Considering that McCartney was far and away the most musically talented (bass, piano, guitar) of the four, becoming "Paul's band" wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

  88. Django Toto

    JOHN LENNON is the cause f the Beatles break-up. Yoko was and still is a money hungry swine, but how can anyone blame her OR McCartney for putting up with the worlds biggest narcissist? John Lennon was a pathetic pain in the ^ss who thought he was God. I love the Beatles, but the Beatles are a PERFECT example where the sum is greater than its parts. John Lennon was a mean, mentally ill Narcissist. Ringo and Paul were two good businessmen and the Geroge Harrison was responsible for the whole 'Peace and Love: thing. Most people don't remember or know that John Lennon used to mug people before th Beatles. John Lennon was a mean slimeball and totally in love with himself up until the moment of his death.

  89. Jesse V Coffey

    McCartney has said for years that he was the first one that wanted to leave the band and told Lennon, but Lennon gets the "credit" for having left first. None of them have ever blamed Yoko; only the fans who misinterpreted the timing and blamed her for it. A true Beatle fan knows that already. Old news.

  90. Carmen Reyes

    This article is based on a 1987 interview; it's not current. Certainly, she may see it differently now. Sometime ago, I watched the Beatles Anthology (produced in the late 90's) and when you get to the interviews with about the break-up all three surviving Beatles (McCartney, Harrison and Starr) are in tears. There was a lot going on there, stuff that only those 4 guys knew. Everyone grows. We as fans were lucky to have them around as long as they were. It doesn't matter how they broke up, or why, or of they never re-grouped. The only thing that matters is what their music.

  91. Patricia Gaulden Hendren

    When the Beatles broke up, I was like, "who cares". I had already moved on to Hendrix, zepp, etc. I care more about the breakup now than I did then. at the time I was done with the infighting and strangeness of the group that was being plastered in the news, only now in retrospect do I really like and appreciate the later efforts.

  92. Carmen Reyes

    This article is based on a 1987 interview; it's not current. Certainly, she may see it differently now. Sometime ago, I watched the Beatles Anthology (produced in the late 90's) and when you get to the interviews about the break-up, all three surviving Beatles (McCartney, Harrison and Starr) are in tears. There was a lot going on there, stuff that only those 4 guys knew. Everyone grows. We as fans were lucky to have them around as long as they were. It doesn't matter how they broke up, or why, or if they never re-grouped. The only thing that matters is their music. So stop hatin' on Yoko.

  93. Darryl Bernard

    The Sad thing is that apparently not long before John's death, he and Paul were discusing working together again. Who knows what that would have led to? As for Yoko, there have been rumors for decades that John was planning on divorcing her. At least that's what some of the people that worked for john and Yoko claim. Supposedly there were some real nasty arguements between John and Yoko in the studio while recording "Double Fantasy".

  94. Kent Ivey

    Yoko should pose nude in bed to make her point. Typical…. a woman who screwed up a good thing and then tries to blame everything on somebody else. Never at fault complex is worldwide.

  95. Steve Frederick

    Sounds more like they all decided to breakup…. everyone had grown up and wanted their own lives.

  96. Lynn-Marie Cecere

    Maybe she's just looking to get in the news by saying inflammatory things.

  97. Eileen Iseneker

    I am a huge Paul McCartney fan but he became very controlling I think, because, near the end, he was the only one who really cared. He actually had to sue the other Beatles to get out, but he was the one who wanted to stay together most of all. She's not saying anything we haven't heard many times before, but the title is misleading I don't think it's really blaming Paul. The other 3 were over it.

  98. Tori Gangle

    That's interesting, but it's not the view any working musician I know would take. The Beatles had their 15 minutes of fame, broke into some new ground, etc. However – Creativity and popularity in music isn't exact a new concept and certainly wasn't in the mid-60's. Television was new and radio was popular in America, and had a whole lot more to do with their rocket ride to fame then their talent ever did, and they knew it. Now your TV and Radio are regulated to the dust bin by the Internet, so I find it a fitting end that there are people who are willing to bicker about such a trifle issue as the break up of the Beatles. If you want a case study, then the break of 'The Band' would make for far more interesting reading.

  99. Anonymous

    We all know that's a lie, how dare her point the finger at Paul. I just do not like her. When she came along all she did was hang around with John and went everywhere with John. Sure it's nice to be with your husband, but come on all of the time. She caused The Beatles to not be themselves when they were recording their music. So what if Paul wanted to have John, George and Ringo do different material and have them sing certain songs by themselves.

  100. Anonymous

    So she said this in 1987 and you report it like this JUST came out? dumb.

  101. Jennifer Hunter

    Why this ugly, stupid, untalented woman ever makes the news is beyond me. Her 15 minutes was up decades ago, and here she is, saying more stupid things, and designing ugly men's clothes. Frankly, everyone would have been better off if she had died instead of John.

  102. Skip Burney

    Is this old hag still around, just another has been trying to remain relavant.

  103. Anonymous

    After doing so much LSD that he just about did away with his ego, John was feeling bad about himself having burnt so much of his soul up with the acid, THEN Brian Epstein died, Then John said,"We've F*ing had it now"….THEN Paul tried to steer the band..because John was Constantly at that time being so "out Of It"…Magical Mystery Tour was made…….somewhere in here John met Yoko…..and John always felt that The Beatles was HIS band…..so when Paul tried to just keep things going…..coupled with Yoko building John back up….and the fact that they were all approaching 30……By the time 1970 came around…..Familiarity breeds contempt…..and during the White Album recording it was,"Beatles do This, Beatles Do THAT…..plus the coke…..plus they weren't in the mood to be told by ANYONE what to do……plus….they were developing into their own person, independent, with their own styles……I mean….Look how many times the Stones broke up and now we're celebrating 50 years of them! Yoko wasn't able or didn't want the Beatles staying together……in the end…..Paul just kept going….Making music was his job….and he liked what he was doing…..maybe it was The LSD AND Yoko…..maybe they could have healed the rift….Maybe someone shouldn't have called her a F**ing Gook B***……I think that REALLY pissed off John…..I mean….have you HEARD" How Do You Sleep"? LOL John was always more Gothic of a personality….and in the end the Love they made was equal to the LOVE we feel for them 50 years later…….Out of Respect for John, I harbor no ill feelings or will…..but it was a divorce….and we all wished for them to get back………to the times where what they were doing was fun for them and entertaining for us……Double Fantasy……The Beatles getting back together, and everyone loving YOKO…. LOL
    Love Ya, Dear…….

  104. Tom Esparza

    Does anyone buy a single word this crazy woman says? Yoko, do us all a favor…..take John's money, buy a deserted island and never be heard from again. Do your annoying screaming, mate calling or whatever that horrific noise is that comes out of the hole in your face on the island where no one will hear you.

  105. Pedro Fernandez

    Her shrieking voice almost drove the rest of the Beatles to commit suicide, that is why they had to break up, she was even worse than Linda, RIP.

  106. Joey Lee Sinavage

    I'm 57 and I was 16 when they broke up. I was stunned! The
    " McCartney" LP came out before "Let It Be" but I thought, OK, then in the trades I read of the snipping and heavy drug use. Ringo quit first but was persuaded to return. George," Mr. Spiritual" was always pissed off. John was on heroin so he was happy and strange. Paul wanted Mr. Eastman to manage them, the other 3 said no…..so add all the other litttle tid-bits and it's splitsville. However weren't their solo recording good! Except for maybe 2 of Ringo's and George had the highest seller in "All Things Must Pass", then he went down hill as Paul & John climbed higher & higher!

  107. Cecile Mejia

    A band when they were just starting, they stick together! However, when they became popular, jealousy reigns and that's the time when they think of getting out and do solo flight! A lot of popular bands went through that and it will continue to happen, no exception! So, it was not a surprise that the Beatles broke up, right?

  108. Keith Harris Rossi

    Yoko is a homely, overrated artist who captured John Lennon's heart (somehow). I guess she needed to recapture some of her undeserved "fame" by pointing the finger at McCartney for the band's breakup. I think Paul should point a certain "finger" right back at her.

  109. Joy Mohler

    In this case, she may well be right. Also, she's an interesting person, no matter how much we may not like her "art". She was there, and her perspective is pertinent to culturally significant history. *shrug*

  110. Gabe DiPaola

    as goofy as yoko can be it was in fact john who wanted out and announcd it to paul. paul did want to keep it together, nothing lasts forever, even the fab four.

  111. Andy Haynes

    Lol, that is funny. I'm not surprised either. Paul was very head strong. They were all pretty talented but Paul, maybe a little more. I mean as far as the business, the concerts and the music he was very smart. Listening to the later stuff and what he did with early Wings, it does sound like he was leading them in his direction. I remember an interview with George where he said Paul wouldn't give his stuff equal time. I mean George would ask Paul for some help on songs as and sometime paul would help and sometimes he was to busy so Paul was certainly the brains of the group. Not unlike John Fogerty and CCR, he was the one that made most of the big hits. It took the whole band to make the right sound but there are usually one or two members who take control at some point and lead the cart.

  112. Donald Welch

    This interview is over 20 years ago, why are u posting this now? jeez! besides, shes like 80 years old… Let it go DAMn!

  113. Bill Slattery

    To this day I wish that the bullet missed Dear John and hit her instead.

  114. Henry Goff

    I think digital downloads was what really broke up the Beatles. Or was it global warming?

  115. Stephanie McEntire Buker

    Well the reason it's important is because this lady has had to carry around a load of crap all these years as if she was the reason for the precious band's demise….I never thought she was in the first place….it's pretty obvious that they were all big boys going in there own direction. Too bad she after all these years feels the need to explain.

  116. Thomas Paul Lytle

    When is this B*% going to make up her mind and shut up about it. She has claimed this and apologized to Paul about this repeatedly over the years. they even "reconciled" a couple years ago, and now the little psycho is back to it again? It was no one members fault for the break up. But a combination of different reasons for all members, and a disagreement in management (that no one ever mentions) at the end, that finally did them in. They weren't destined to stay together forever, but to change the world and the face of music in a short time span. The fact that people still can't let go of the Beatles in the sense of being together, proves them as the greatest band in history. Many great bands have broken up and none of them get this much discussion. And many bands have stayed together and whithered away onstage vocally. if they hadn't broken up and moved to next phase of their individual musical careers, we would have missed out on all the fantastic solo stuff from each musician, and instead watched the decline of 4 great and legendary musicians with sadness. Let It Be shows this. they broke up just in time. They are still my favorite band forever.

  117. Thomas Paul Lytle

    When is this B*% going to make up her mind and shut up about it. She has claimed this and apologized to Paul about this repeatedly over the years. they even "reconciled" a couple years ago, and now the little psycho is back to it again? It was no one members fault for the break up. But a combination of different reasons for all members, and a disagreement in management (that no one ever mentions) at the end, that finally did them in. They weren't destined to stay together forever, but to change the world and the face of music in a short time span. The fact that people still can't let go of the Beatles in the sense of being together, proves them as the greatest band in history. Many great bands have broken up and none of them get this much discussion. And many bands have stayed together and whithered away onstage vocally. if they hadn't broken up and moved to next phase of their individual musical careers, we would have missed out on all the fantastic solo stuff from each musician, and instead watched the decline of 4 great and legendary musicians with sadness. Let It Be shows this. they broke up just in time. They are still my favorite band forever.

  118. Robert Centric

    I seemed like John was under her spell. He had her rammed up his ass constantly.A great talent that he was she would sing with him and couldn't carry a note, be at all the Beatles sessions, and press interviews.He even changed his middle name to Ono.

  119. Robert Centric

    I seemed like John was under her spell. He had her rammed up his ass constantly.A great talent that he was she would sing with him and couldn't carry a note, be at all the Beatles sessions, and press interviews.He even changed his middle name to Ono.

  120. Vincent Alessi

    Not surprised at Yoko's comments at all. Because everything she said was TRUE.. Ringo left during the White Album Sessions Summer of 1968, and George left during the Let It Be Sessions early 1969. Lennon didn't announce his departure from the group privately till September of 1969, after Abbey Road was done.. and then Paul announced he quit the Beatles publicly in April of 1970 to coinicide with the Release of Let it Be, and his solo album McCartney. It WAS becoming Paul's band because Paul was the workhorse of the group; He was trying to keep the group going after Brian Epstein died, as early as 1967. He was cranking out tunes like Hey Jude/Let it Be, and the whole Magical Mystery Tour was his whole idea according to Lennon. They had no real manager at the time, no real business sense after Brian died, and that's why Apple was a failure, and they tried to hire Allen Klien, the Stones Manager. Paul suggested Lee Eastman, Linda's father, but that was superficial to the others. Paul also wanted to go on tour again, and the others didn't.. I don't blame Paul, or the others, at all; Lennon, the leader of the group, was off doing other things, someone had to take over and get some sort of order..

  121. Alfred DeMalteris

    As a Beatles fan having grown up with them in NYC when they ame to America. The solution to continue making music and stay together as a band in my opinion is. That each member would have been allowed to make their own individual album using musicians of there choosing. These albums named John, Paul, George and Ringo real simple. If after a long break as time allowed then get back together. This is a purest remedy coming from a true fan.

  122. Clint Falk

    Regardless of who was responsible for the breakup of this band, one thing is for sure: when Paul McCartney dies it will be a sad day and there will be much mourning worldwide. When Yoko dies, I expect to hear a sigh of relief around the globe – perhaps a bit of celebration. This woman is one of the most annoying people on the planet.

  123. David Zuppelli

    This interview is from 1987. WHO CARES? What is this article going to do? Only the Beatles themselves know why they broke up……Let it be.

  124. John Martin

    What difference does it make now? The article states the interview took place in 1987, seven years after John's death, look how much time has passed. The Beatle days were wonderful times, which we get to relive every time their music is played.

  125. Danny Grahn

    Who really cares what Yoko has to say whether it was 25 years ago or even today for that matter? If she had never had met John we would not even have heard of her. The only positive thing about John's death is that we don't have to listen to Yoko sing anymore. Thank God for that!

  126. Michael Rodgers

    I think John Lennon was the last person on earth who gave a tinker's dam(n) what Yoko Oh-No thinks.

  127. Michael Rodgers

    I think John Lennon was the last person on earth who gave a tinker's dam(n) what Yoko Oh-No thinks.

  128. Anonymous

    Y O give it up, it was a gzillion years ago, it broke up because as YOU said "others wanted out", it provided you wil great financial resources, let sleeping dogs lay, get off "the yellow brick road". They were a fabulous group, we love them for what they were and their legacy lives on. Amen

  129. Anonymous

    Y O give it up. Their legacy lives on. Get off "the yellow brick road" and get on with your life.
    That was a gzillion years ago and we still love the Beatles. They are iconic. Why tarnish it?
    Amen

  130. Joseph Schlitt

    It's True! It's True!

    Yoko was able to channel John at a Crystal Cosmic yuppie parade and he claimed it as so!

    Stop Hating on Poor Yoko!

  131. Ssharon Mobley

    Who cares they broke up and moved on with their lives so should we.

  132. Bill Fitzgerald

    "In a 1987 interview with Rolling Stone, Ono said…". So, this article is essentially rehashing a 25-year old RS story! Look for the inquisitr.com to give us the inside on the 1987 SuperBowl and if Punxatauney Phil sees his shadow on Ground Hog day.

  133. Patrick Mulvey

    There's a whole lot missing from that story! Paul was indeed trying to be the main Beatle, John made fun of him in his song "How Do You Sleep". All anyone ever had to do to see Paul splitting the band up was watch "Let it Be". When George shows Ringo and John "I Me Mine" a great song he wrote and states, "I don't care if he wants it in the movie or not", or when Paul is telling him how to play a riff… George says, "I'll play it your way, I'll play it my way or I won't play it at all!" To Paul it has always been about the money! This is not to mention the old stories that he wanted Linda in the group as well. Yoko was just there for her man, Paul was there for the payday! How do you sleep Paul?

  134. Anonymous

    They breaking came about when the beatles thought they were more famous than God.

  135. Joseph Bianco

    OH-NO! is an idiot, and compared to THE BEATLES, her talent was nebulous at best. It was Engelbert Humperdinck who is to blame for the break-up!,…..

  136. Stephen Cassidy

    You're right Virtuous, it would have been some more White Albums. What's wrong with that? Too bad they couldn't get along….happens all the time now.

  137. Jennifer Hunter

    my point being, especially a week after Paul said "hey, don't blame Yoko", she comes out and says this just to keep her useless self in the spotlight

  138. Larry Tayles

    The Beatles worked sooo hard for sooo long in such tight quarters, they needed to split for a while and when they thought of putting it back together, their lives had changed and it just wasn´t in the cards. No humans have given me so much pleasure throughout my life…..eternal thanks guys, you did great…who was yoko? Oh yea, that was the part where I fast forwarded on Lennon´s albums. She was John´s love and he wanted to include her. o. k.

  139. Ken Parnell

    Honey, go crawl back under that rock and stay there. You had/have no talent, your only claim to fame was John. Go away now and stay there……for life.

  140. Craig Stark

    Brian Epsteins death started the downward spiral, but Yoko is a BIG reason for the band dissolving, shes caused friction in the studio plus gave coaxed John into leaving after his concert in Toronto sept 69! Paul was the only one keeping the band together, Yoko youre DAFT!

  141. Mike Wainscott

    John and Paul wrote the vast majority of the Beattles' hits. The Beattles had a big run, but egos and money would get in the way. John and Paul had the largest egos but Ringo and George were also tired of taking the back seat. They were talented musicians and song writers, just not as good as John and Paul. Drugs and Yoko made John a weird guy always searching for inner peace and clinging to every anti-government cause that arose.

  142. Anonymous

    this woman is concerned about "blame" all these years later? Has anyone tolder it's 2012?

  143. Harvey Lain

    Yoko Ono was responsible for the breakup of the Beatles because she made Lennon look like an idiot and none of the others could stand to be around her. John Lennon could have had any woman in the world and he chose THAT! Never could even begin to understand that. She must have been able to suck the chrome off of a bumper hitch using telepathy or something.

  144. Mike Monahan

    As much as I hate to admit it. Yes! Paul was constantly getting on Ringo's drums, George's guitar as far back at least to the Revolver album when Paul put the lead guitar on Taxman etc. You hear
    George saying on the Let it Be album to Paul, in somewhat words ok what do you want me to play. He makes his solo band and crew be vegetarians.

  145. Chris Johnson

    John and Paul were the beatles period. While george had some talent he was not in the same class as the other two and they could have plugged any drummer in to replace ringo. I think she is right in the fact that the other three were jealous and intimaded by paul because he was becoming the leader and was reaching his peak at the end of the sixities. He was by far the best mu scian in the group as evidenced by the fact that he can all the instruments. I think simply put, Paul probably did have most of the burdend in breaking up the beatles due to the other threes jealously of him.

  146. Frank Lapore

    Orlando What don't you understand dumb assThey were all sick of Paul because he was a bitch and they wanted to get away from him. He didn't want to get away from them because they were his life line and so they said time to move on. That's what the article says cant you read English. Paul was trying to keep them together but so what he is the reason they were leaving. Paul MaCarthy is a piece of C R A P Yoko told it all as it was and she is no joke she was Lennons love and she was a stre before she met John. Paul is the reason the Beatles broke up! He is a F U C K head just like you. BUSH is going to die Thank you Jesus.

  147. Frank Lapore

    LIZ everything Yoko says is fact they were all sick of Paul Yoko was a star before she met John. John loved her vary much and their music together was fantastic. Paul was a basterd and Ringo was sick of him as was George and John and they didn't want to move in the same direction as Paul wanted there was always that friction Paul McCarthy is a bitch and he caused the break up of the Beatles. They wanted to move on cause they were sick of his F u c K S h I t

  148. Frank Lapore

    George you give great head? Id love to put it in your mouth so keep talking crap or open wide and call me 312-237-9950 GHWB is going to meet his maker vary soon Thank you Jesus! Pinger you look like a good F uck Do you do this kind of thing a lot just like your hero Ted Haggard or what?

  149. Frank Lapore

    Mike you know nothing. Yoko didn't get John to do any of that you bitch. Will you blaim George for his involvement with Indian following or Paul and Ringo for doing the same. Yoko was a STAR before she met John so shut your pie hole Paul was a Bitch and non of them wanted to move in the same direction as he did they were sick of the A s S hole and just wanted to get away from him he was an A ss Hole and your stupid. Paul was never ever their leader it was all John. They were done and wanting to move on and get away from his laim ass and he was trying to keep them together because they were his life line and he wanted to keep going but they were done and he was trying to keep the dying band together and tried to take the lead roll in keeping them together but he couldn't thus he was not their leader then nor was he ever and they fled him. They were not jelouse of that weak bitch He needed them they didn't need him. They all did drugs and all supported socil change that had nothing to do with Yoko. The Beatles were John Period and John was not Jelouse of Paul nor Ringo or George they were sick of his fuc k ass and wanted to go forward rather than to go back words with Dum b as s

  150. Frank Lapore

    Craig your a pussy they didn't want to work with Paul anymore because he was a bitch and he tried to keep them together because they were his his life line he needed them but they didn't need him nor want him so they fled the jelouse ass hole. He was jelouse of the brilliance Of John. John was the Beatles Yoko was a STAR get it a STAR before she met John

  151. Frank Lapore

    Paul broke up the Beatles! They no longer even liked him and wanted to move on with out his bitch ass so they three got together and said yeah lets just end it and Paul knowing that they were his life line desperately tried to keep them together but John the leader of the band said enough. Yoko Ono was a Star before she met John and you didn't start playing with Led Zeppelin until after John Bonnam died so shut your pussy ass up f U c k Boy

  152. Frank Lapore

    KEN Parnell Let me remind a really stupid you that Yoko was a star before she met John. You go crawl under your mommas rock bitch! No Talent? Are you nut she has put out some of the greatest music ever. GHWB is Dying Praise God and thank you Jesus

  153. Frank Lapore

    Yoko was a star before she met John they all got sick of Paul because he is a C u nt so they went to the leader of their band and John said OK we dissolve and go enjoy our lifes. Paul on the other hand knew that he needed them because they were his life line and he tried to keep them together but who was he? He was never their leader and they followed their leader Paul and that was The end. Paul caused the break up because they wanted to get away from his P US SY A S S

  154. Frank Lapore

    Steph are tou forgetting that she was a STAR before she met John or that she has over a billion $ in the bank I sugest you shut the fuck up. You will never be 1% what she is now dog

  155. Frank Lapore

    Andy you dumb ass John was the most talented he created the band and he was the better writer and he was the leader and Ringo knew it as did George but fuck boy Paul? he was ab asshole and they all wanted to get away from him and went to Paul and Paul said yeah fuck it lets go enjoy or live huh guys Paul needed them and tried to keep them together but they were like yeah yeah fuck you buddy so Paul got a lawyer and LOst Ha Ha GHWB is Dying Thank you Jesus

  156. Frank Lapore

    She was a Star before she met John and she has well over a billion dollars and you cant even afford a Mountain bike You might want to shut up!

  157. Anonymous

    I think that they're all a little bit too old for finger pointing is what I think.

  158. Hedy Eckert

    Doesn't matter because ultimately it is still Paul's band since he is the only one still singing and making music. Maybe the other members should have let their egos go and hung in there! Paul is now Sir Paul and an Icon celebrated world wide.

  159. Anonymous

    If you look at many of the songs in the Beatles' catalog, Paul was becoming, by far, the most talented of the songwriters in the group. He could write a high-quality song much faster than the others could, and as a result, was able to fill an album faster than the others. Do the math. Talent should not be restrained. And if you look at the mid-years' albums of the Beatles, (revolver, rubber soul, etc.) George's songs were beyond horrible. Paul must have been rolling his eyes as he continued to patronize to George's poor writing skills. Paul had probably had enough of it. (In fairness to George, however, he did get good at the end.) The beatles broke up because the other 3 were jealous of Paul.

  160. Rajesh Sharma

    She's not blaming him at all. This is old news. They've all said that after Brian Epstein's death, as they drifted, it was Paul who made heroic efforts to keep them together but as he made the effort it upset the balance of the group which had up to then always been very democratic.

    She's not blaming him at all, she's just stating the facts. Paul tried the hardest to keep them together.

  161. Dean Voss

    I have read many time over the years that the other three members of the Beatles were tired of being side men for Paul! I could care less though because I am not a fan of there music, never have been.

  162. Tina Holmes

    No I'm not surprised she said that, I'm surprised that she hasn't realized or admitted to the fact that she was the wedge…little ms nobody hits the scene, sits in on sessions injecting her too cool and obersophisticated artful ideas on the boys and bam…no one will shut her up…so everyone except Paul wants out…Hey Yoko we remember…we were here..

  163. Tina Holmes

    Have you Ever listened to "her" music…geesh…sounds like a cat getting gutted…No One had ever heard her name before John Lennon came across her and had he not we still would not have heard of her…!

  164. Roy Crim

    I have understood this to be true for years…I recently saw a production on line of the Band producing and developing the songs that went on the "Let it Be" album that culminated in the entire Apple Rooftop concert….good stuff.

    George had a couple of his songs among the tracks…at one point Paul was very bossy about how George was supposed to relate his own music…you could see it reflected on George's face…the stuff about Yoko was all media speculation…like 75% of all news is.

  165. Derek Zdenek

    She is psycho – always has been. She had a strange control over John Lennon. May Pang was a lot better for him. She got him out and social He was reuniting with his son. Yoko wanted him all to herself and be damned that he had a kid from someone else. She has the same strange control over her son, Sean Lennon. If he wants to be taken serious than he needs to get out from under his Momma's hold. What rocker needs to keep his Momma in his band. She is just strange.

  166. Debbie Richmond Feerick

    well if they followed Paul directions the might have been as successful as Paul was after the beatles.

  167. James Watt

    I agree with Liz in regards to the dynamics of John and Paul's different personalities. But they all evolved into bigger personalities anyway. It would have happened sooner or later. I just feel bad for Peter Best and his family. Imagine being that guy and anyone related or close to him. That's gotta suck.

  168. Anonymous

    The real reason that George and Ringo wanted out was YOKO! She's just trying to put her own spin on this and to release herself from the truth that we all saw and witnessed. She used to physically smother John and keep him away from the others. It was so obvious..

  169. Anonymous

    The reason why George and Ringo wanted out was YOKO! She would physically isolate and smother John, and resentment was so apparent. Her recent comments are a ploy to remove herself from the center of the controversy.

  170. Rich Harris

    I might have been just a tad more credible to come out with this when Harrison might have corroborated it. It is unlikely that Starr would. So, shut your pie hole talentless witch.

  171. Craig Stark

    John was the Beatles??? Ill respect the fact if youre more of a John fan, but whats with the language dude!! Yoko was a big part of there break up and you know it!!! As far as Paul goes if it wasn,t for him theres was no Let It Be and Abbey Road which im sure you know that too!! Ohh by the way, Let it Be, Golden Slumbers Medley, Back in the Ussr, Helter Skelter, Sgt Pepper, Eleanor Rixby, Get Back, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Penny Lane, John The Beatles? Maybe if John wasn,t hooked on Heroine in 68-69 he would have led them!!!

  172. Bob McNesby

    With all the beautiful and gracious Asian women there are in the world how did John Lennon ever wind up with that little classless, no talent horror. His eyesight must have been worse than we knew.

  173. Rich Harris

    Frank Lapore hahahahahahaha A star? That is a freaking stretch. She was a wannabe avante garde artist. Please spare us the exaggerated bull hockey.

  174. Sam Adams

    Paul McCartney said Yoko wasn't responsible for the breakup of the Beatles, and she turned around and said Paul McCartney was. Bitch move, Yoko.

  175. Sam Adams

    True, and after all these years, it really shouldn't matter much. I guess it does in Yoko's world.

  176. Frank Spano

    SHAME ON YOU FOR EVEN PRINTING THIS CR@P. AND ON TOP OF THAT PRINTING IT AS IF IT WERE SOMETHING SHE JUST SAID. SHE SAID THIS IN A 1987 INTERVIEW. YOU COULD HAVE AT LEAST SAID “BLAMED” IN YOUR HEADLINE RATHER THAN “BLAMES”. JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNACCOUNTABLE THE MEDIA IS. SHAME ON ME FOR EVEN WASTING MY BREATH ON THIS.

  177. Sam Adams

    Shame on me for thinking this was something that was recently said. I should probably read a little bit closer next time.

  178. Helen Peterson

    I've read that many handlers of the John Lennon tribute concerts have complained about Yoko's usurping control of these events, leaving bad feelings with John's ex-wife & other son. Sounds like there was a sea of egos fighting for control of the band between she, John and Paul. As a deejay, I used to play some of her songs, as recorded with John with much artistic openness but her continual grasping and clawing for the limelight since his death, is hurtfully negative, out of touch with the movement and not what he would have wanted. I think he would rather we, "…Come together, oh yeah, over me."

  179. Clayton W. Hilton

    Ono can say what she wants to believe, but she was the one who came between Lennon, and McCartney. The other Beatles were tired of Yoko Ono, from the Art that was suppost to be so great, well it smelled like S–t, and looked that way too. The only reason she got attention was because of John, if you don't think so what has she done in the Art World sense John's Death, Give up " Nothing but Living off his Fame, and Money.

  180. Buddy Burton

    I think that it was Paul's fault since he wanted to take over the lead of the band and the rest of the mates didn't like it.
    So no, I don't blame Yoko for saying it was Paul.

  181. Mike Charnitsky

    There were several factors. Paul did have a lot to do with it but there is no one person to blame, except maybe Brian Epstein for ODing on drugs. Yoko did nothing wrong, John broke an agreement with the band by bringing her into the studio.

  182. Thomas Paul Lytle

    And you might want to suck my dick, dumbass. She was not a star before she met John you ignorant fool. And money doesn't make her right. Yoko can go to hell. She's nothing without John

  183. Thomas Paul Lytle

    You're an idiot. She was but a starving artist before meeting John. Read your history. Yuo might want to shut up. BTW If I wanted to shut up, I wouldn't have posted. And… BTW again, how do you know how much money I make? Moron

  184. James Walpole

    Almost as in the assassination of JFK, the "conspiracy theories" as to their demise may never cease to evolve. Even though I personally AM biased, I'll let it go at that. What is clear, and for the purpose of truth must be acknowledged, is that as surely as Lennon / McCartney defined the collaborative genius of the quartet, it also eventually defined the extremely different directions in which the two ultimately evolved. They (John; Paul) were no longer compatible. Also in the name of truth, there is far less record of McCartney negatively criticizing Lennon, than the opposite. And I do not intend to insinuate it was unfounded or somehow unfair. It almost seems as if Paul found his place as a businessman manufacturing music for personal profit, while John seemed to become aware of his rightful place in the spiritual universe as someone who had the gifts and resources to strive for the betterment of the Greater Good, unselfishly. As he SURELY DID! It makes perfect sense to me that towards the end of the 1968 project, George and John had gravitated toward each other, while Ringo, by default, gravitated to Paul.
    If I were challenged to "blame one individual", I'd have to go with Sexy Sadie – The Maharishi. But in reality, it is what it is. There is nobody to blame for evolution.