'She didn't break the group up'

Last updated 12:19 30/10/2012
Yoko Ono
IN DEFENCE: "She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," McCartney said.

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Sir Paul McCartney is adamant John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono was not the reason The Beatles split.

The legendary band called time on their career in 1970, seven years after their meteoric rise to global fame, and Yoko Ono is often blamed for breaking up the foursome.

Fans have directed decades of anger towards Lennon's widow but McCartney has now come to her defence, insisting Ono was a major influence on his former bandmate's songwriting.

"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," McCartney tells TV channel Al Jazeera English, in an interview to mark 50 years since the band released its first single Love Me Do.

"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 (Lennon) 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)."

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