Musician Paul McCartney revisited the breakup of the Beatles in an interview with BBC Radio, where he strongly opposed the suggestion that he was responsible for the band’s disappearance, blaming John Lennon.
Speaking on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life”, scheduled for October 23, McCartney claims it was John Lennon who wanted to disband the Beatles.
“I didn’t provoke the split,” McCartney says. “It was our Johnny who did it.”
Fans of the group always debated who was responsible for the split of the group, and many blamed McCartney. Paul McCartney now makes it clear that Lennon’s desire to “cut ties” was the main driver of the breakup.
McCartney reveals that the confusion about the Beatles’ breakup was fueled by the fact that the band’s manager asked band members to keep quiet until they had a series of commercial deals.
The interview appears as a preview of a six-hour documentary produced by Peter Jackson that chronicles the group’s final months.
“The Beatles’: Get Back” is expected to debut on Disney+ in November and will revisit the disbandment of the legendary band. Paul McCartney’s comments were published by The Observer and republished by the Associated Press agency.
When asked by interviewer John Wilson of his decision to dissolve the band, McCartney protests: “Hold on there. I’m not the one who provoked the split. Oh no, no, no. One day John walked into a room and said, ‘I’m leaving The Beatles.’ Does that trigger the split or not?”
Paul McCartney is still upset about the band’s split, considering the band is still doing “very good stuff”.
“This was my band, that was my job, that was my life.” I wanted it to continue,” says McCartney.