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John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has publicly thanked Sir Paul McCartney for telling fans she was not the reason for The Beatles' split.

Ono has long been blamed for pulling apart the Fab Four in 1970, but McCartney came to her defence last month by saying she was not the driving force behind the break-up.

"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," he told TV channel Al Jazeera English.

"I don't think you can blame her for anything. When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant-garde side, her view of things, so she showed (Lennon) another way to be, which was very attractive to him."

Ono has applauded the rocker for clearing her name.

"I thought people knew that I was not responsible, but surprisingly, many people still felt that. He was very brave. So I'd like to say, 'Thank you, Paul. I love you, we love you'," she said.

The West Australian

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