Kevin Mazur Archive 1

Yoko Ono's responsibility for the breakup of the Beatles is a popular and longstanding rock and roll urban legend. So much so, in fact, that "pulling a Yoko" is a widely understood expression, used whenever a spouse breaks up a crew. But, as Paul McCartney made clear last month, the story isn't true.

While Ono is still baffled about why the rumor has persisted for so long  ("I thought people knew that I was not responsible, but surprisingly, many people still felt that"), she has nothing but gratitude for McCartney's explicit exoneration, which is only 42 years late. "He was very brave," she told the Observer in an interview that ran this weekend. "So I'd like to say 'Thank you, Paul. I love you, we love you.'"

Perhaps it was McCartney's brush with death last May that inspired his decision? Regardless, we can all be glad he didn't just let it be and finally offered Ono a little help.