In a new interview, Yoko Ono revealed she cares for Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr "like my brothers" despite previous claims her relationship with the late John Lennon contributed to the band's breakup.
The 82-year-old artist — who was married to John until his death in 1980 — insisted there is no bad blood between her, Paul, 73, or Ringo, 74, despite being blamed by some fans for breaking up the band. She instead insisted any tension existing between the trio is due to British reticence.
John and Yoko in December 1968. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I know that it was very difficult for them, too, but they're not talking about it. For instance, that classic style of 'Let's keep our chins up' was typical of John. John and I went through so much difficulty and when that was happening we said: 'OK let's just ignore it.' I don't think the other Beatles had to go through that much, really — John was the one who was taking it all. But I know that they're doing their best. I really love them like my brothers," she admitted.
Yoko — who was married to John for 11 years before his death — added she only has "incredible love" towards the remaining Beatles members because they continue to inspire young people.
Paul, Yoko, Ringo and the late George Harrison's wife, Olivia, in June 2007. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"From my side there's an incredible love towards them because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young," she said.
And although she has had spats with Paul over the years about Lennon/McCartney credits on Beatles' songs, the musician claimed these have been blown out of proportion. "I feel that in some ways we are almost forced to be in a boxing ring, and that's how people are looking at us, but we're not doing that," she told The Guardian.