British singer-songwriter Paul McCartney has revisited the breakup of The Beatles, flatly disputing the suggestion that he was responsible for the group's demise.
According to Fox News, speaking on an episode of BBC Radio 4's This Cultural Life that is scheduled to be aired on Oct. 23, McCartney said it was John Lennon who wanted to disband The Beatles.
"I didn't instigate the split. That was our Johnny," McCartney said. The band's fans have long debated who was responsible for the breakup, with many blaming McCartney. But McCartney said Lennon's desire to "break loose'' was the main driver behind the split.
Confusion about the breakup was allowed to fester because their manager asked the band members to keep quiet until he concluded a number of business deals, McCartney said.
The interview comes ahead of Peter Jackson's six-hour documentary chronicling the final months of the band. The Beatles: Get Back, set for release in November on Disney plus, is certain to revisit the breakup of the legendary band.
When asked by interviewer John Wilson about the decision 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?"
As per Fox News, McCartney expressed sadness over the breakup, saying the group was still making "pretty good stuff."
McCartney said, "This was my band, this was my job, this was my life. So I wanted it to continue." (ANI)