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Paul McCartney Says Yoko Ono Didn't Break Up the Beatles Guardian, NY Times

In an hour-long interview with famed British interviewer David Frost, Paul McCartney says that Yoko Ono didn't break up the Beatles, reports The Guardian.

Some fans continue to blame John Lennon's widow for the band's breakup, the story notes. But McCartney tells Frost that the group was already winding down by the time Lennon got involved with Ono.

"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," McCartney said.

According to The New York Times, the interview will be broadcast next month by the BBC.

McCartney also credits Ono with helping Lennon stretch artistically, allowing songs such as "Imagine" to be written, The Guardian adds.

"I don't think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don't think you can blame her for anything. 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," McCartney said.

McCartney is known for giving 15-minute interviews and has aimed for a measure of privacy in his personal life, the piece notes.