John Lennon’s Other Family

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John Lennon rose to the height of fame with The Beatles. He was the forward-thinking Beatle member who some say broke up The Beatles thanks to his relationship with avant-garde artist Yoko Ono. As it turns out, he had a family back in England that suffered the blow of not only a member picking and touring the world as a rock star but also as a father who left a mother and her child.

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Lennon’s Wife

Before there was Yoko Ono and thousands of screaming fans, there was a marriage between Cynthia Lennon and John Lennon, and they had a son, Julian Lennon. Julian was born in 1963, just a year after the wedding.

The singer would meet Ono in America in 1966 in New York. He did not leave Cynthia, however, until 1968. The story goes that Cynthia returned to her home after some time away, and her estranged husband was sitting in the house with Yoko Ono. That was one of the few times Julian saw his father. He hadn’t seen him and years and wouldn’t again until right before his death, in 1973 when his father was starting an affair/relationship with May Pang that he would later refer to as “the lost weekend,” that lasted 18 months. At this time, he was away from New York and living in Los Angeles with May Pang. Allegedly, this was something Ono knew about and wasn’t upset with, shying away from the limelight as many Beatles fans blamed her for breaking up the group. The following year, in 1974, Lennon and Ono reunited, and in 1975 their son Sean was born. He said once in an interview.

“Sean is a planned child, and therein lies the difference,”…“I don’t love Julian any less as a child. He’s still my son, whether he came from a bottle of whiskey or because they didn’t have pills in those days.”


Julian Lennon

John Charles Julian Lennon is John Lennon’s son from his first marriage. Like his father, Julian Lennon has taken to music. He is a photographer (see his work here), singer, musician, and philanthropist.

Julian has produced albums, including his own, Valotte, in 1984. He has produced and worked on multiple environmental documentaries called WhaleDreamers in 2006 and Women of the White Buffalo.

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