His album may be called New, but Paul McCartney is still down to discuss something as old as the ’60s: his rocky relationship with Yoko Ono.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Sir Paul cleared the air regarding his longrunning public disputes with John Lennon’s widow over the years, telling the magazine that things have been going smoothly thanks to “time, the great healer.”
“She’s badass,” McCartney admitted. “I thought, ‘If John loved her, there’s got to be something. He’s not stupid.’ It’s like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?”
He added that the late George Harrison also provided some helpful advice: “George would say to me, ‘You don’t want stuff like that hanging around in your life.’”
This goes along with an interview McCartney gave around this time last year, when he told David Frost that he didn’t hold Ono responsible for splitting up the Beatles. “I don’t think you can blame her for anything,” he said then. “She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up.”
Ono, whose name for years has been synonymous with “band-wrecker,” has also opened up about all this. “I was very, very thankful,” she recently told the Times of London. “I mean, I was shocked. I thought, ‘Now you are saying it? Now, after 40 years? But it was very good. In the atmosphere that the world created for us, it was not easy for him to say something like that.”
The moral of the story? It’s never too late to still talk about the Beatles.