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Paul McCartney: Yoko Ono didn't break up the group

British singer Sir Paul McCartney performs during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace in London on Juine 4, 2012. The star-studded musical extravaganza comes on the third of four days of celebrations to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)
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In a new interview with David Frost, set to air next month, former Beatle Paul McCartney discloses that Yoko Ono did not break up the popular group.

Ono, John Lennon's now widow, had been blamed by diehard Beatles fans for breaking up the group in 1970.

McCartney, according to the Guardian, told Frost, " She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up."

He credits Ono with opening up a new world for Lennon, making the song "Imagine" possible.

"I don't think he would have done that without Yoko, so I don't think you can blame her for anything," he tells Frost, according to the Guardian. "When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things, so she showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave [one way or another]."

McCartney's interview with Frost is scheduled to air Nov. 9 on the Al Jazeera English channel.