Paul McCartney has remembered the breakup of The Beatles, flatly doubting the indication that he was credible for the group’s demise. Talking on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s This Cultural Life that is planned to air on Oct. 23, McCartney told it was John Lennon who wanted to disperse The Beatles. “I didn’t instigate the split,” McCartney said. “That was our Johnny.”
The band’s fans have long discussed who was credible for the breakup, with many criticizing McCartney. But McCartney said Lennon’s intention to “break lose″ was the main reason behind the break. Turmoil about the breakup was certified to fester because their manager inquired the band members to keep quiet until he finalized many business deals, McCartney said.
The interview comes before Peter Jackson’s six-hour documentary chronicling the last months of the band. “The Beatles: Get Back,” set for coming out in November on Disney+, is sure to review the breakup of the legendary band. McCartney’s comments were first reported by The Observer.
When inquired by interviewer John Wilson about the ruling to strike out on his own, McCartney retorted: “Stop right there. I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said, ‘I am leaving The Beatles.’ Is that instigating the split, or not?”
McCartney conveyed sadness over the breakup, telling the group was still making “pretty good stuff.”
“This was my band, this was my job, this was my life. So I wanted it to continue,” McCartney said.