The bitter rift between John Lennon and Paul McCartney following the break-up of Beatles 44 years ago is the stuff of lore in the music industry.
After a legendary songwriting partnership, the two icons reportedly didn’t speak to each other for four years after their band split up in 1970.
Ego tussles and financial conflicts were among the factors that are believed to have caused the relationship to sour, dismaying the British pop group’s millions of fans.
Now, McCartney reveals that the two, however, patched things up and were on good terms before Lennon was murdered in 1980.
In a TV interview last weekend, McCartney recalled the shock and sadness of Lennon’s murder, but said he was thankful that he and his former band mate were able to put aside the bitterness and rekindle their friendship.
The two bonded as they discussed fatherhood and “bread-making recipes”, McCartney told The Jonathan Ross Show.
“The story about the break-up, it’s true but it’s not the main bit, the main bit was the affection,” he said in the interview that was aired ahead of the 34th anniversary of Lennon’s death.
“I’m so glad because it would have been the worst thing in the world to have this great relationship that then soured and he gets killed, so there was some solace in the fact that we got back together. We were good friends.”
Lennon was shot dead on Dec. 8, 1980 by crazed fan Mark David Chapman outside an apartment building in Manhattan.
McCartney said he was stunned by Lennon’s death, like the rest of the world. “I just for days couldn’t think that he was gone,” said the music legend, who is now 72 years old.
Not surprisingly, he had tough words for Chapman, who is still in prison today after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 1981.
“The phrase kept coming in my head, ‘The jerk of all jerks,’” McCartney said of Lennon’s killer. “It was just like, ‘This is just a jerk. This is not even a guy politically motivated, it’s just some total random thing.’”
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