Paul McCartney says John Lennon was responsible for the Beatles’ break-up: "I am not the one who instigated the split"

Paul McCartney and John Lennon
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Since the Beatles split up in 1970 – following the public revelation that Paul McCartney was leaving the band – the Fab Four’s frontman and bass guitar player has mostly assumed responsibility for the break-up.

However, thanks to a preview from a soon-to-be-aired interview from BBC Radio 4’s This Cultural Life, McCartney has now addressed the band’s infamous separation, and set the record straight, revealing it was actually John Lennon who initially instigated the split.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.