Yoko Ono said that she was “very thankful” to Paul McCartney for telling Rolling Stone that he had moved past his grudge against her. “I never felt too bad about Paul,” Ono, the widow of McCartney’s Beatles companion John Lennon, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “He was my husband’s partner and they did a great job and all that. They seemed to have a lot of fun, and I respected that.”
Her reaction comes following comments McCartney made about her in the cover story of the current issue of Rolling Stone. In addition to comments about his latest record, New, he explained that time had prompted him to let go of his ill will toward Ono. “‘If John loved her, there’s got to be something,'” he said. “‘He’s not stupid.'”
McCartney’s resentment of Ono dates back to the Beatles’ end days, when she started accompanying Lennon to the recording studio. After that, Ono took over Lennon’s business affairs following his death in 1980. In the mid Nineties, when the band was putting together its Anthology sets, McCartney expressed his wish to change the songwriting credits on McCartney-sung songs like “Yesterday” from “Lennon-McCartney” to “McCartney-Lennon” and she forbade it. In 2001, he told Rolling Stone it was “difficult” to see her following that.
Earlier this year, McCartney told the BBC that Ono “certainly didn’t break the group up.” Then, in June, Ono told Rolling Stone she found that comment “very sweet.” At the time, though, she was hesitant about describing her relationship with McCartney. “Well, yes, well . . . on good terms, yes, I think we are on good terms,” she said. “And also, I have a lot of respect for him.”
Now, in the current cover story – in which he revealed other Beatles-related nuggets such as the fact that he still consults a spiritual version of Lennon on songs ideas – he said that he’d received encouragement from another former Beatle to let things go when George Harrison told him, “You don’t want stuff like that hanging around in your life.”
He also said, “It’s like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?”
When the topic of art came up in the Rolling Stone feature, McCartney said he admires her works. “She’s badass,” he said.
“Well, he’s a rocker,” Ono told AP.