Paul McCartney’s Regret About Yoko Ono

Talking about the Beatles and their influence on the music world and their fans’ lives seems a bit redundant in 2021. Undoubtedly, they are one of the biggest, if not the biggest band, in music history and has inspired people with their music, lyrics, albums, and songs. Formed in 1960 and disbanded in 1970, the band released 13 studio albums and one compilation in only ten years.

Their break-up was also a huge conversation topic in the ’70s when the ultimate boy band that had a lot of eyes on them decided to end their venture after ten years of productiveness. There were many internal conflicts between the band members that came to light only in the last two years of their careers together. Just when everyone thought they were the perfect band, they broke up and ventured off to solo adventures, leaving their fans filled with disappointment.

Why Did The Beatles Break Up?

The band members generally started to have creative differences over their music, which ultimately started to become a burden. They all began to think about a career without the other Beatles, but perhaps John Lennon was more upfront about it. He walked in one day and announced that he was leaving the band. After that, the Beatles ceased to exist together and dealt with never-ending lawsuits.

For years, the Beatles, the fans, and the media have targeted Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono as the reason for the band’s break up. During the last years of the band together, she would always be in the studio because of Lennon’s fondness for her. She also wouldn’t refrain from expressing her opinions during the jam sessions, which annoyed the band members, especially McCartney and Harrison. Hence they didn’t really establish a good relationship with Ono. However, years after Lennon’s death in 1980, McCartney came to a realization and felt regret.

Why Did McCartney Regret Misunderstanding Yoko Ono?

In hopes of making up with his late bandmate’s wife, McCartney had telephoned Ono a while after Lennon’s death to check up on her. He had the best intentions in mind but was surprised when Yoko stressed that she didn’t want his pity and charity. Although this took him by surprise, he soon realized how strong, charming, and loving she actually is.

Even though legal tensions, especially about the song credits, continued to arise between them years after John Lennon’s passing, McCartney was aware that Ono was not the reason the band broke up. He regretted not getting to know and understand Yoko and her relationship with Lennon in the beginning.

Here is what he said about Ono:

“The problem is other people’s eyes, I think is that she’s honest. Honesty is what hurts a lot of people. We didn’t know her too well until quite recently, until maybe the beginning of the 80s. I just thought well maybe I’ve misunderstood. Maybe it’s my mistake, not hers. So I telephoned her and started talking to her about things generally. She said, ‘Why are you telephoning?’ I said, ‘Well, you know, I think I’ve misunderstood you and I think I’ve made a big mistake, and as you were John’s wife and I was very fond of John, I feel that he would’ve liked me to telephone you, say hello and see what’s going on.’

She said, ‘Don’t do me any favors, don’t do it out of pity or sympathy. I don’t want that. I don’t want charity.’ I had to say, ‘No, no. She’s right. She’s right.’ I thought she was a hard woman. I don’t think she is now. I think she’s just the opposite. I think she’s a very loving, caring woman. I thought she was pushy which I think is wrong. I don’t think she is; she’s just herself. She’s determined more than some other people to be herself. Some people will just give in. She won’t.”

You can watch the interview below.