‘Paul did noth­ing’

Macca was ‘hurt’ by Yoko’s words af­ter Bea­tles split

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Paul McCart­ney found Yoko Ono’s claims John Lennon was The Bea­tles’ sole cre­ative ge­nius “hurt­ful”.

The Bea­tles rocker re­called his feel­ings of pain af­ter the group’s 1970 split in a new in­ter­view with Bri­tish GQ

mag­a­zine, and spoke of how Yoko and John’s crit­i­cism cut deeply.

“I re­mem­ber read­ing an ar­ti­cle, an in­ter­view with Yoko, who, OK, she was a big John sup­porter, I get that, but in this ar­ti­cle she goes, ‘Paul did noth­ing. All he ever did was book stu­dio,” he says. “And I’m go­ing, ‘Err? No...,’ ” the mu­si­cian ex­plains.

The pain was com­pounded af­ter his old band­mate ex­pressed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments in his track, How Do You Sleep?

“And then John does this fa­mous song, How Do You Sleep?, and he’s go­ing, ‘All you ever did was Yes­ter­day...’

And I’m go­ing, ‘No, man,’ ” the She Loves You hit­maker adds.

How­ever, he says it’s a

“mis­con­cep­tion” that they all hated each other, and that their dis­putes were more like that be­tween fam­ily mem­bers. In­stead, he blames their then man­ager Allen Klein for the bad feel­ing — even though he found Yoko and John’s words “pretty hurt­ful”.

Paul also blames Allen for his de­ci­sion to sue his old band­mates to dis­solve their part­ner­ship — claim­ing he saved the group from them­selves as the man­ager and la­bel ex­ec­u­tive would have owned their back cat­a­logue had he not won.

“The only way I was given to get us out of that was to do what I did. I said, ‘Well, I’ll sue Allen Klein,’ and I was told

All you ever did was Yes­ter­day ... And I’m go­ing, ‘No, man.’

Paul McCart­ney re­calls Lennon’s diss track, How Do You Sleep?

I couldn’t be­cause he wasn’t party to it. ‘You’ve got to sue The Bea­tles,’ ” he re­veals.

Speak­ing about the pain it caused him to sue his old pals, he con­tin­ues: “That was hor­ren­dous and it gave me some ter­ri­ble times. I drank way too much and did too much of ev­ery­thing. And it was crazy, but I knew that was the only thing to do, be­cause there was no way I was go­ing to save it for me, be­cause there was no way I was go­ing to work that hard for all my life and see it all van­ish in a puff of smoke.

“I also knew that, if I man­aged to save it, I would be sav­ing it for them too. Be­cause they were about to give it away. They loved this guy Klein. And I was say­ing, “He’s a f---ing id­iot.”

The late John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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