Relations in the band were growing tense while recording the White Album. The group dynamic was wearing thin – at times, only one or two members of the band were involved in the recording at a time. Starr had allegedly grown tired of Paul McCartney’s increasingly overbearing approach, and John Lennon’s passive-aggressive behaviour, which was exacerbated by Starr’s resentment of Yoko Ono’s near-constant presence.
After one particularly difficult session, during which McCartney harshly criticized Starr’s drumming, Starr quit the band.
He left on vacation with his family and, two weeks later, rejoined the band to finish recording the album.