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Paul McCartney recently reflected on The Beatles' split in an interview with British GQ.
"I think I was thought to be the guy who broke The Beatles up and the bastard who sued his mates. And, believe me, I bought into that," he said.
When asked if the band's end and the "pressures of the music industry" affected his mental health, McCartney replied, "I think so, yes."
"But, in truth, I just took to booze," he continued. "There wasn't much time to have mental health issues, it was just, f--- it, it's boozing or sleeping. But I'm sure it did, as they were very depressing times."
McCartney also said it's a big misconception that The Beatles hated each other when they broke up: "Families argue."
The 78-year-old music legend said the fallout was "pretty hurtful," largely thanks to his decision to sue the band.
"Well, as you can imagine, that was horrendous and it gave me some terrible times," he said. "I drank way too much and did too much of everything."
In 1970, after the four Beatles went their separate ways, McCartney filed a lawsuit to dissolve the band's contracts with its publishing company, Apple Corps, and notorious manager, Allen Klein. McCartney told GQ that his distrust of Klein was the catalyst, twice calling him a "f---ing idiot."
According to McCartney, Klein would have owned the band's music if not for the lawsuit.
"It was crazy, but I knew that was the only thing to do," he explained. "Because I had to do that, I think I was thought to be the guy who broke The Beatles up and the bastard who sued his mates. And, believe me, I bought into that."
"That's the weirdest thing. It was so prevalent that for years I almost blamed myself."
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When asked if the breakup — coupled with fame and "the pressures of the music industry" — negatively affected his mental health, McCartney replied, "I think so, yes."
"But, in truth, I just took to booze," he said. "There wasn't much time to have mental health issues, it was just, f--- it, it's boozing or sleeping. But I'm sure it did, as they were very depressing times."
He said he learned to navigate that time "by persuading myself that it wasn't a good idea to give in to my depression and my doubts."
He also credited his then-wife Linda with encouraging that mindset.
"But this is a common phenomenon," he continued. "I remember talking to Lady Gaga once about something we were doing together – I'm dropping all the names! – and she was saying, 'Well, there's the self-loathing.' And I think, 'S---, that's the first time I'd ever heard anyone talk about that.'"
"And [Gaga], she was, like, at the top of her game, massively popular and everything she was doing was a hit, but she was just talking about self-loathing. And I'm saying, 'I kind of know what you mean, but I'm not allowing that. I'm not having that. It's not a road I want to go down.'"
Despite his struggles, however, the "Egypt Station" singer said it's a big misconception that the four Beatles hated each other when they split.
"What I realize now is that, because it was a family, because it was a gang, families argue. And families have disputes," he said.
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