It has been more than 50 years since the band stopped existing, yet only now McCartney was ready to, finally, reveal that it, actually, John Lennon who provoked the split.
According to what the musician told the reporters in his latest interview, that is what happened:
"John walked into the room one day and said, 'I'm leaving the Beatles.' And he said, 'It's quite thrilling. It's rather like a divorce.' And then we were left to pick up the pieces."
The reporters then noted that it was, in fact, Paul McCartney, who sued his former bandmates in order to end the business partnership, as well as that he mentioned that being blamed for the breakup of the band must have ‘frustrated McCartney for half a century.’
In accordance with Paul McCartney interview, John Lennon's decision to leave the band was caused by his pursuit of social justice, which included participation in such movements as ‘bagism,’ where he and his wife, Yoko Ono, wore bags aiming to urge people not to judge others based on their appearance.
John and Yoko were also known for organizing ‘bed-ins’ for peace in Amsterdam and Montreal in 1969, whereby they lay in bed in hotel rooms for a week as a form of protest against some armed conflict, as the Vietnam War, in particular. McCartney said:
"The point of it really was that John was making a new life with Yoko and he wanted to go in a bag, and he wanted to lie in bed for a week in Amsterdam, for peace. You couldn't argue with that."
Paul McCartney described the breakup of the band as the ‘most difficult period of my life’ and noted that he could have imagined the Beatles continuing for longer if Lennon had not instigated the split:
"The Beatles were breaking up and this was my band, this was my job, this was my life. I wanted it to continue, I thought we were doing some pretty good stuff -- you know, 'Abbey Road,' 'Let It Be,' not bad."
As reported by the press, nest month, the musician is expected to release a book of commentaries on his song lyrics, edited by Irish poet Paul Muldoon, and including songs written for the Beatles.
Paul also said that he and John had written a four-page play in the ‘kitchen sink’ before founding the Beatles.