Paul McCartney has admitted that the presence of John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, in the studio during The Beatles’ recording sessions annoyed the rest of the Fab Four.
Speaking to Q Magazine, McCartney admitted, “Because we’d been such a tight-knit group, the fact that John was getting pretty serious about Yoko at that time, I can see now that he was enjoying his newfound freedom and getting excited by it.”
The Liverpudlian then went on to add, “When she turned up at the studio and sat in the middle of us, doing nothing I still admit now that we were all cheesed off.”
McCartney then revealed that he and Yoko had talked about these issues. “But looking back on it, [me and Yoko] have talked about this, I think she realises it must have been a shock for us. But lots of things that went down were good for us, really. At the time though, we certainly did not thin that.”
In the past, McCartney has stated that he didn’t hold Ono responsible for the band’s demise. Speaking to David Frost, the Beatles’ bassist noted, “She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up.”
He continued, “When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things, so she showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave one way or another.”
This lead Ono to thank McCartney for his revelation. She told The Guardian, “I thought people knew that I was not responsible, but surprisingly, many people still felt that. He was very brave. So I’d like to say, ‘Thank you, Paul. I love you, we love you’.”
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