Paul McCartney says The Beatles were ‘threatened’ by Yoko Ono

Macca opens up in new interview

Paul McCartney has spoken about his relationship with Yoko Ono and how she allegedly affected the dynamic of The Beatles.

Ono met John Lennon in 1966 and the couple were married from 1969 until his death in 1980. The multimedia artist and activist has long been accused of contributing to the group’s split by some Beatles fans.

Speaking to Rolling Stone in a new interview, McCartney said that the band were “threatened” back then as Ono was “sitting on the amps” as they recorded.

“Most bands couldn’t handle that. We handled it, but not amazingly well, because we were so tight,” he continued.

“We weren’t sexist, but girls didn’t come to the studio – they tended to leave us to it. When John got with Yoko, she wasn’t in the control room or to the side. It was in the middle of the four of us.”


McCartney continued to say that they’re relationship now is “like mates”. “I realised any resistance was something I had to overcome,” he stated.

McCartney had said in a previous interview that he and his fellow Beatles bandmates were “all cheesed off” when Yoko Ono first came into the studio.

McCartney also commented on his relationship with John Lennon in the Rolling Stone interview, claiming it to be “irreplaceable”.

“We were kids growing up together, in the same environment with the same influences: He knows the records I know, I know the records he knows. You’re writing your first little innocent songs together,” he said.

Recalling an encounter with Lennon a few years after The Beatles broke up, McCartney said: “He hugged me. It was great, because we didn’t normally do that. He said, ‘It’s good to touch.’ I always remembered that – it’s good to touch.”

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last tour, which ended at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in August 1966.