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Lorraine Kelly baffled as Sir Paul McCartney claims John Lennon broke up The Beatles: ‘He could have said that at any time’

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Lorraine Kelly has questioned why Sir Paul McCartney has blamed John Lennon for end of The Beatles more than 50 years after the band split in 1970.

During Tuesday’s Lorraine, speaking to showbiz correspondent Ross King, the 61-year-old presenter was shocked to hear Paul claim John was the reason for The Beatles’ break-up, after years of people speculating it was the other way around.

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‘It’s interesting now he’s come out and said that. He could have said that at any time, it’s quite fascinating isn’t it?’ Lorraine said.

‘It was a very very long time ago, but people are still interested,’ she added.

Talking in an upcoming BBC Radio 4 interview, the musician, 79, explained that he was ‘not the person who instigated the split’, sharing that it ‘was our Johnny’.

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Paul said: ‘John walked into a room one day and said I am leaving the Beatles. It’s quite thrilling, it’s rather like a divorce, and then we were left to pick up the pieces.’

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Paul McCartney revealed that it was in fact John Lennon who instigated the band’s split (Picture: Michael Putland/Getty Images)
19th May 1967: The Beatles
The Beatles were a band known for their strong melodies, extreme creativity and catchy lyrics (Picture:John Pratt/Keystone/Getty Images)

The Hey Jude hitmaker admitted that the band ‘could have’ continued – and he wanted them to – if it wasn’t for Lennon’s decision, as they were ‘doing some pretty good stuff – Abbey Road, Let It Be, not bad’.

Describing it as ‘the most difficult period of my life’, the Beatles legend spoke of Lennon’s ‘new life’ with Yoko Ono and how they wanted ‘to lie in bed for a week in Amsterdam for peace’.

‘You couldn’t argue with that,’ he added.

John, who was married to multimedia artist Yoko, was murdered by Mark Chapman in 1980.

Paul is still performing as well as growing organic hemp on his farm estate in Peamarsh, near Rye.

The musician has eight grandchildren in total between his two daughters; fashion designer Stella, 50, and Mary, 52.

As well as Stella and Mary, Paul is also dad to step-daughter Heather, 58, son James, 44, who he shares with ex-wife Linda, and 17-year-old daughter Beatrice from his marriage to Heather Mills.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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