Paul McCartney on the moment John Lennon left The Beatles and “intrusive” Yoko Ono

Paul McCartney has been discussing the moment John Lennon announced his departure from The Beatles and opened up about the “intrusive” role of Yoko Ono.

Lennon, who announced his departure to the rest of the group on 20 September, agreed at the time to withhold a public announcement to avoid undermining sales of the forthcoming album

While Lennon’s high profile relationship with Yoko Ono was often speculated as a potential reason for Lennon’s decision to leave, McCartney explained that he did not believe Ono had any major influence. “There was a meeting where John came in and said, ‘I’m leaving the group.’ And looking back on it, he’d reached that stage in his life. We all had”, McCartney told Howard Stern in a new SiriusXM interview.

“Even though we thought she was intrusive because she used to sit in on the recording sessions and we’d never had anything like that. But looking back on it, you think, ‘The guy was totally in love with her. And you’ve just got to respect that.’ So we did. And I do”, he admitted.

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