Yoko Ono Gives Peace With Paul McCartney a Chance
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Yoko Ono has praised Paul McCartney for coming clean last October and publicly stating that she wasn't the cause of the Beatles' split.
In an interview on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, John Lennon's widow said, "He was very sweet to say that, and he probably needed closure to say that. That's why he couldn't say that until now. He knew me--we knew each other for 30, 40 years or something--but there was no way to say anything like that because people just liked the idea that we were fighting like crazy in a boxing ring."
During the interview, Yoko also spoke about how difficult it was to be the wife of one of the Beatles. "That's why I have so much respect and love for the other Beatles' wives. It's the most difficult thing to be," she said. "I think it's more difficult than being a politician's wife, because it's endless. We have a position that is endless."
Indeed, Yoko, who is possibly the hippest 80-year-old on the planet, is still forever associated with the Beatles, although she had a career as an artist before she met Lennon. She's the curator of this year's Meltdown Festival next month in London, which will include performances by Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Iggy Popm and Boy George, as well as Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band--featuring her son, Sean Lennon--performing the classic 1980 Lennon/Ono collaboration Double Fantasy in its entirety.
The fact that Yoko is performing Double Fantasy is a milestone. She once told me that she found it hard to listen to, even more than a decade after Lennon's death. "When we made it, it was just such a happy time and our joy is reflected in the album, literally, but because of that, it is even sadder," she said. "It just shows that we didn't know our fate at all."