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Yoko Ono didn't break up the Beatles, McCartney says

"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," Paul McCartney told David Frost in an exclusive interview.
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Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow, in front of the memorial wall dedicated to him in Prague. (NGUYEN PHUONG THAO/AFP/Getty Images)

This may shock the legions of fans who angrily held Yoko Ono accountable for the breakup of the Beatles, but it wasn't her fault, Paul McCartney told David Frost in an exclusive interview.

"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," McCartney, who sat down with Frost for a one-hour special to be broadcast on his show next month, said of one of music's most heartbreaking splits, the Guardian reported.

"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. So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave [one way or another]," the Beatles frontman added, giving her credit for inspiring Lennon to write "Imagine," among other hits.

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"I don't think he would have done that without Yoko," McCartney said, according to BBC News

Then who is to blame? Where can fans direct their ire? 

The Beatle,  points the finger instead at Allen Klein, who took over after Beatles manager Brian Epstein died in 1967.

"I was fighting against the other three guys who'd been my lifelong soul buddies," McCartney said. "I said I wanted to fight Klein."

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