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John Lennon’s brutal breakup letter to Paul McCartney: ‘You s–t all over us’

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Lennon and McCartney had a long and complicated relationship. The rock superstars are pictured together in 1963.

John Lennon couldn’t let it be.

An angry letter written by the rocker to former bandmate Paul McCartney is expected to fetch up to $40,000 at auction.

The three-page diatribe was composed by the “Imagine” hitmaker in November 1971 — 18 months after the spectacular breakup of The Beatles.

Bidding on the letter, which is open via the music memorabilia site Gotta Have Rock and Roll, currently stands at $22,000.

At the time he sent the typewritten letter, Lennon — then age 31 — was furious with McCartney over an interview he did weeks earlier with music magazine Melody Maker.

The duo long had a turbulent relationship, but tensions had boiled over after McCartney sued The Beatles following their split in 1970. In the suit, McCartney sought the dissolution of the band’s contractual partnership after Lennon and bandmates Ringo Starr and George Harrison appointed manager Allen Klein to preside over their financial affairs. 

“It’s all very well playing ‘simple, honest ole’ human Paul’ in Melody Maker … [but] if you’re not the aggressor (as you claim), who the hell took us to court and s–t all over us in public?” Lennon aggressively asked in the letter.

Lennon and McCartney had a long and complicated relationship. The rock superstars are pictured together in 1963. Lennon and McCartney had a long and complicated relationship. The rock superstars are pictured together in 1963. Redferns

The Beatles posing together in 1965. From left to right: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.The Beatles pose together in 1965. From left to right: George Harrison, Lennon, McCartney and Ringo Starr.Bettmann Archive

An angry letter written by the rocker to former bandmate Paul McCartney is expected to fetch up to $40,000 at auction.Gotta Have Rock and Roll

The pair's frosty relationship thawed in subsequent years, but they never played publicly together again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when came to visit his former bandmate in New York City. Gotta Have Rock and Roll

The pair's frosty relationship thawed in subsequent years, but they never played publicly together again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when came to visit his former bandmate in New York City. Gotta Have Rock and Roll

“As I’ve said before – have you ever thought you might possibly be wrong about something?” he tartly added.

“Your conceit about us and Klein is incredible,” the rocker further declared, defending Beatles bandmates Starr and Harrison.

While much of Lennon’s grievance focuses on the financial fallout following The Beatles’ split, he also blasts McCartney’s politics, accusing him of being a closet conservative.

At the time, Lennon was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War and had just written his peace anthem “Imagine.” In the Melody Maker interview, McCartney had hit out at Lennon’s songwriting, saying there was “too much political stuff.”

“Your politics are very similar to [conservative activist] Mary Whitehouse’s,” Lennon sniped in his correspondence. “Saying nothing is as loud as saying something.”

Paul McCartney poses with his wife Linda and their children Mary and Heather are pictured in 1971.McCartney poses with his wife, Linda, and their children, Mary and Heather, in 1971.ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lennon and wife Yoko Ono are pictured in 1970, a year prior to the writing of Lennon's letter.Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, are pictured in 1970, a year prior to the writing of Lennon’s letter.Ritzau Scanpix/Sipa USA

Lennon also defended his relationship with wife Yoko Ono — who has long been accused of breaking up The Beatles.

“The bit that really puzzled us was asking to meet WITHOUT LINDA AND YOKO … I thought you’d have understood by now that I’m JOHNANDYOKO,’” he wrote.

However, the superstar signed off his letter by saying there were “no hard feelings.”

“I know we basically want the same, and as I said on the phone and in this letter, whenever you want to meet, all you have to do is call,” Lennon concluded.

Lennon is pictured in 1971, the same year he penned the letter. The Beatles split the year prior. Lennon is pictured in 1971, the year he penned the letter. The Beatles split the year prior. Getty Images

The pair’s frosty relationship thawed in subsequent years, but they never played publicly together again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when came to visit his former bandmate in New York City.

The duo continued to chat over the phone before Lennon’s assassination in 1980.

In the years since, McCartney has often spoken about his fraught relationship with Lennon, whom he met as a youngster.

The “Come Together” crooner raised eyebrows back in 2018 when he admitted they once masturbated together during a night with other male pals.

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