Ever since the Beatles split, Yoko Ono has been given the blame for the break up of the band.
All these decades later, Sir Paul McCartney has now admitted that the band did in fact feel uncomfortable with Yoko Ono’s continued presence after John and her got together in the 1960s.
In a new interview with journalist David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine McCartney said: “We were kind of threatened [then]. She was sitting on the amps while we were recording. Most bands couldn’t handle that. We handled it, but not amazingly well, because we were so tight. We weren’t sexist, but girls didn’t come to the studio – they tended to leave us to it. When John got with Yoko, she wasn’t in the control room or to the side. It was in the middle of the four of us.”
Yoko had first appeared and started attending studio sessions for The White Album after John Lennon broke up from his first wife Cynthia.
All these years later, Paul now says his relationship with Yoko is very good. He has even referred to Yoko and George Harrison’s widow Olivia as honorary members of the band, explaining to Rolling Stone, “The two girls are Beatles.”
However, this new relationship with Yoko didn’t happen overnight. In fact, Sir Paul admits it took some time for him to get used to Yoko’s presence.
“My big awakening was, if John loves this woman, that’s gotta be right,” he revealed. “I realised any resistance was something I had to overcome. It was a little hard at first. Gradually, we did. Now it’s like we’re mates. I like Yoko. [Laughs] She’s so Yoko.’
The Beatles officially split in 1970.
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