Yoko Ono: ‘Being married to a Beatle is harder than being a politician’s wife’

Singer also thanks Paul McCartney for saying she didn't break up the Fab Four

Yoko Ono has claimed that being married to one of The Beatles is harder than being the wife of a politician.

Ono was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour to promote the upcoming Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre in June, which she has curated.

Discussing her relationship with Lennon and whether it was hard being married to one of the Fab Four, she replied: “Yes, that’s why I have so much respect and love for the other Beatles’ wives. It’s the most difficult thing to be. I think it’s more difficult than being a politician’s wife, because it’s endless. We have a position that is endless.”

Ono, who spoke in-depth about the experience of recording her and Lennon’s 1980 album ‘Double Fantasy’, also responded to comments made by Paul McCartney in October of last year when he insisted that she wasn’t to blame for the break-up of The Beatles. “He was very sweet to say that, and he probably needed closure to say that,” she said. “That’s why he couldn’t say that until now. He knew me – we knew each other for 30, 40 years or something – but there was no way to say anything like that because people just liked the idea that we were fighting like crazy in a boxing ring.”

Last month, it was reported that Ono will tour a new John Lennon educational bus around the UK and Europe. She launched the bus, is dedicated to giving young people the chance to get involved with music, video, photography, game and broadcast projects inside its mobile recording studios, at the Museum of Liverpool on May 8. It is set to then tour around schools, colleges and festivals across the UK and Europe, including a stint at London’s Southbank centre as part of the her Meltdown Festival in June.

A raft of artists including Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Iggy Pop and Savages will perform at Ono’s Meltdown, while she will perform ‘Double Fantasy’ with the Plastic Ono Band, led by her son Sean Lennon, in its entirety to close the festival.

Scroll down for full details on the Meltdown events.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – Royal Festival Hall (June 14)
Siouxsie – Royal Festival Hall (15)
Cibo Matto – Queen Elizabeth Hall (15)
Immortal Technique – Royal Festival Hall (16)
Reggie Watts + Mac Lethal – Royal Festival Hall (18)
Amadeus Leopold – Queen Elizabeth Hall (18)
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto – Royal Festival Hall (19)
Thurston Moore – Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall (19)
Iggy & The Stooges + Savages – Royal Festival Hall (20)
Body/Head ft. Ikue Mori + Mystical Weapons – Queen Elizabeth Hall (20)
Deerhoof – Queen Elizabeth Hall (21)
An Evening of Words and Music with Patti Smith – Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall (21)
Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell – Queen Elizabeth Hall (22)
Boy George – Queen Elizabeth Hall (23)
Double Fantasy Live with special guests – John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s final album performed live – Royal Festival Hall (23)