McCartney Says Beatles Breakup Was Lennon’s Idea

Beatles fans can’t blame Paul McCartney for the iconic band’s breakup — according to McCartney, John Lennon was the one who decided that it was time for the crew to call it quits.

McCartney was loving life at the time Lennon suggested the band go into retirement. McCartney felt that the group was still making great music, and he was happy continuing with their music careers together. While he acknowledges that there were some interpersonal issues within the group, McCartney said during a BBC Radio 4 series This Cultural Life interview (according to Yahoo!). “This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.”

While he would have continued with the Beatles indefinitely, McCartney said that Lennon was always enticed by the idea of breaking free. After a sheltered childhood growing up, Lennon wanted to continue to explore all that the world had to offer, and didn’t want to be bound by rules and contracts.

McCartney has long heard criticism from fans who believed that he was the one who wanted the band to break up. Of the accusation that he wanted to end the Beatles, McCartney says, “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?”

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