Yoko Ono did not break up The Beatles, says Paul McCartney

Updated: Oct 29, 2012, 17:11 PM IST

London: Beatles legend Paul McCartney has said that bandmate John Lennon`s wife Yoko Ono did not break up the band.

He has tried to quell decades of anger directed at John Lennon’s Japanese widow, 79, by telling fans to “let it be”.

"She certainly didn`t break the group up," the 70-year-old told Sir David Frost in an interview.

"I don`t think you can blame her for anything," he says, claiming John Lennon was "definitely going to leave".

His remarks challenge a school of thought that holds Lennon`s widow responsible for the band`s separation.

The legendary singer also claimed that Lennon, who died in 1980, would not have written his hit song Imagine without the conceptual artist`s influence.

"When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things," Sir Paul told the veteran broadcaster.

"She showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave,” he added.