Paul McCartney claims John Lennon was to blame for The Beatles’ split
Paul McCartney is insisting it was bandmate and songwriting partner John Lennon who decided The Beatles couldn’t “work it out” in 1970 — and not he, as has been widely reported for five decades.
“I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny,” McCartney reportedly told BBC Radio 4 in an interview set to air Oct. 24, when asked about his April 1970 comments pronouncing the end of the band’s long and winding road.
“I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no,” he said, according to a preview of the interview published in the Guardian. “John walked into a room one day and said, ‘I am leaving the Beatles.’ Is that instigating the split, or not?”
McCartney said the group’s new manager Allen Klein advised them to stay mum about the split as he negotiated deals on their behalf, but that the now-79-year-old bassist got impatient and spilled the beans — making him the face of the band’s separation.