Did Paul McCartney Accuse John Lennon’s Widow Yoko Ono Of Ending The Beatles?
There’s no denying that The Beatles is the most influential band of all time with countless accomplishments from being the best-selling music act of all time with estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide, to holding numerous records such as having the most number-one albums in the UK Albums Chart, most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and many many more.
After making all this impact in only a decade, no fans saw their disbandment coming in such a short time since the band was just legendary with millions of devoted fans. However, The Beatles broke up back in 1970 and the main reason behind their disbandment remains a mystery as there were a number of motivations behind this decision. One of these reasons was late lead singer John Lennon‘s wife, Yoko Ono, according to bassist Paul McCartney and we’re today to see if he’s right in his claims.
Paul McCartney Implied Yoko Ono Contributed The Disbandment
During an interview with Rolling Stone back on August 10, 2016, Paul McCartney opened up about the final years of The Beatles. According to his statement, the band was threatened by Yoko Ono since she was incredibly present in the band’s recording sessions which disturbed the band members.
If you ask McCartney, most bands back then would never allow a band member’s girlfriend or wife in the studio, especially somebody like Ono who was all over the place, preventing The Beatles to work on their music. After implying that John Lennon’s wife contributed to the ending of the band, The Beatles icon stressed the fact that none of the band members were sexist, they just never allowed others in the studio until Yoko Ono.
During the interview, McCartney said:
“We were kind of threatened then. She was sitting on the amps while we were recording. Most bands couldn’t handle that. We handled it, but not amazingly well because we were so tight. We weren’t sexist but girls didn’t come to the studio, they tended to leave us to it.”
His statement directly didn’t say it was just Yoko Ono who led to their breakup and Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono have a strong relationship nowadays. According to the bassist, he had a hard time accepting her presence back in the late 1960s since Ono has a dominant personality that neither Beatle was used to.
He later admitted that Ono was a huge part of John Lennon’s life and the rest of the band gradually overcome the idea of rejecting her which means Lennon’s wife cannot directly be the reason why The Beatles disbanded, it may be the jealousy and disturbed behaviors of the band.
Why Did The Beatles Actually Break-Up?
The Beatles’ break-up was not just about one particular issue as it was a collective process attributed to numerous factors. The reasons include the pressure of the Beatlemania phenomenon, the death of manager Brian Epstein in 1967, resentment towards McCartney from his bandmates after his domineering role, managerial disputes, and lastly, Lennon’s heroin use and his relationship with Yoko Ono.
During the second half of the band’s career, the members started to be persistent on their individual artistic agendas which were very visible on their 1968 album, ‘The Beatles.’ The feuds and disharmony were poking through their music and when their business discussions were added, their breakup was almost inevitable.
That being said, it’s hard to put the blame on Yoko Ono when it was the band members who were struggling to keep the band together. While she may be one of the reasons why, The Beatles didn’t part their ways just because of Jon Lennon’s wife regardless of some of the fans’ strict opinions.