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Taking the Blame for Breaking Up The Beatles – Yoko, John or Paul

In Beatles lore, Yoko Ono is the main controversial person, who entered the scene when the band was experiencing a phase full of hardships. This was a time of profound loss; bitter fighting was going on over business and leadership, leading to psychological questioning that eventually ended with the breaking up of the Beatles and the splitting of the band.

Was Ono to blame?

The truth is that The Beatles were ”breaking up’ even before the arrival of Ono.  The timing was impeccable though, for as the ground separated, fans blame Ono. Later in 2012, the rumor concerning Ono’s involvement was squashed directly by Paul McCartney that Ono did not break up the Beatles and in reality, the group was already in the stages of breaking up. There is not one fan of the Beatles who do not have feelings of hatred towards her at the time.

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In 1966, Ono entered the world that the Beatles had created by themselves. She was a conceptual artist living in New York who came to London where she met Lennon at an exhibition preview at the Indica Gallery. She was 33 while he was 26. They formally announced their relationship in 1968 and in March 1969 they married.

The period between their first meeting and their announcement to the public was the time when the band was undergoing a tumultuous time. This was also the time their five-year touring schedule had stopped. They created Apple Records, a recording label formed by the Beatles, while Lennon’s substance abuse was at its peak and the band met with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to acquire Transcendental Meditational teachings. On August 27,  1967, Brian Epstein, their longtime manager, died of a drug overdose and left McCartney, Lennon, Ringo, and George Harrison adrift. Brian Epstein is believed to have discovered the band and is credited for having steered the entire group to success.

With Epstein gone, the quasi-manager role was taken by McCartney to maintain the band. In 1968, February, the band went to India to Maharishi’s ashram. Lennon returned to London from India as he was not happy with the teacher. He also abandoned Cynthia, his then-wife so that he could begin a relationship with Ono. The ill-timed breakup followed their first musical collaboration recording that was ultimately unfinished: Two Virgins.

As Yoko appeared, her view and thinking was that of an activist. Lennon, who was a pivotal figure, brought Ono inside the band circle. The band followed a rule of not bringing girlfriends or wives to the recording sessions. Lennon was the first to break the Beatles’ rules by bringing Yoko to the studio.  Lennon also quit the group in September 1969 and was the first to leave the band.  Thus, it is believed that Yoko disturbed the order, and John Lennon was using Yoko to become a part of something disruptive to the working habits of The Beatles.

Paul was trying to maintain and to hold the band together. Despite many allowances, Ono also became quite aggressive with McCartney. In 1968, during the White Album sessions, Ono was present narrating dialogues about the band members and their music.  Later, Lennon was killed on December 8, 1980, by Mark David Chapman, but Ono and McCartney had their animosity going, publicly too.