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Had nothing to do with The Beatles break-up: Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono once again refuted claims that she was the reason behind the break-up of The Beatles. The reasons for the break-up has, for long, been a matter of dispute with some insisting that Ono’s constant presence in the studio aggravated tensions among the Fab Four.

music Updated: Feb 25, 2016 14:20 IST
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Lennon and Ono met in 1966 and eventually became constant romantic and artistic companions, famously sleeping together in ‘bed-ins’ to protest the Vietnam War.
Lennon and Ono met in 1966 and eventually became constant romantic and artistic companions, famously sleeping together in ‘bed-ins’ to protest the Vietnam War.(REUTERS)

Yoko Ono, the 83-year old artist and widow of John Lennon, is back to answering the familiar question -- was she the reason behind the break-up of The Beatles? The answer was, of course, no.

The Japanese-born Yoko Ono defended her record in entertainment magazine Us Weekly in the form of a listicle-style interview, 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me.

Number 24 on the list: “I had nothing to do with breaking up The Beatles. And I think Paul (McCartney) is a pretty cool dude.”

The reasons for the 1970 break-up of history’s best-selling band have long been a matter of dispute among fans and historians, with some arguing that Ono’s constant presence in the studio aggravated tensions among the Fab Four.

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Lennon and Ono met in 1966 and eventually became constant romantic and artistic companions, famously sleeping together in ‘bed-ins’ to protest the Vietnam War.

Ono said in the interview that she still missed Lennon every day. He was shot dead outside the couple’s New York apartment building in 1980 by Mark David Chapman, who had earlier given a record to Lennon to autograph.

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Among other insights in the interview, Ono said that she has not drunk alcohol since the 1950s and that, if she had to be reincarnated as an animal, would choose a sparrow.

Ono last week released a remix album, Yes, I’m a Witch Too, that features versions of her songs reworked with other artists.

Read: John Lennon’s first wife Cynthia dies at 75 from cancer

Contributors include prominent alternative rockers Death Cab for Cutie, punk rocker turned dark electronic DJ Moby and her son Sean Lennon.

Listen to Yoko Ono’s Bad Dancer here: