A look back at john lennon and yoko ono’s infamous love story

Love Stories: John Lennon & Yoko Ono's creative, controversial romance

By Kahla Preston| 1 year ago

Of his relationship with Yoko Ono, John Lennon once said: "If you love somebody, you can't be with them enough. There's no such thing. You don't want lớn be apart."

From the outside the two artists certainly seemed inseparable. For many, their love story is synonymous with images entwined around one another, most famously on the cover of Rolling Stone.

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Behind the photos, Lennon và Ono's bond was not one without incident or controversy.

The relationship began when they were both married with children, & Ono was widely perceived to have been a factor in The Beatles breaking up. They also separated during their marriage, with Lennon starting an affair that Ono admitted to lớn having encouraged.

Here, 9lisinoprilfast.com looks at some of the key moments of Lennon và Ono's relationship before it was cut cruelly short with the former Beatle's murder in 1980.

The beginning

John Lennon và Yoko Ono say they met in November 1966 — though there are claims the first meeting occurred earlier — at the preview of a London exhibition of Ono's work.

John Lennon và Yoko Ono pictured in 1968. (Getty)

Lennon was 26 at the time and married to his first wife, Cynthia, with whom he had a son, Julian. Ono, 33, was in her second marriage, lớn producer Anthony Cox. The couple had a daughter, Kyoko.

Though The Beatles were one of the biggest musical acts in the world at the time, Lennon said the Japanese-American artist didn't know who he was.

He told Rolling Stone: "She came up & handed me a thẻ which said 'breathe' on it, one of her instructions, so I just went <pant>. This was our meeting."

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"I was very attracted to him. It was a really strange situation," Ono recalled lớn The Scotsman in 2002.

The pair met again at another gallery event, & Ono approached Lennon to sponsor one of her art shows.

"If you love somebody, you can't be with them enough." (Getty)

The pair began corresponding in letters while Lennon spent time abroad, and in May 1968 he invited Ono khổng lồ his home while Cynthia and their son Julian were away on holiday.

Their relationship was famously uncovered when Cynthia returned to lớn find Ono và Lennon in dressing gowns.

"John looked at me, expressionless, and said: 'Oh, hi.' Yoko didn't turn around," she recalled in her book John.

A wedding & a bed-in

With their respective divorces finalised, Lennon và Ono wed at the British Consulate Office Gibraltar on March 20, 1969.

Lennon described the wedding as "very romantic", adding: "I couldn't find a white suit – I had sort of off-white corduroy trousers and a white jacket. Yoko had all trắng on."

For their lisinoprilfast.commoon, the newlyweds flew to Amsterdam to lớn stage the first of their "bed-ins for peace", leveraging their wedding publicity to lớn spread their anti-Vietnam War message.

They spent seven days sitting in a Hilton presidential suite bed together in pyjamas, two signs placed above their heads, with truyền thông media invited to the room khổng lồ witness the protest.

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Along with activism, Lennon và Ono collaborated on several artistic projects, with Ono encouraging her husband's experimental side.

Lennon and Ono spent their lisinoprilfast.commoon conducting a "bed-in" protest in Amsterdam. (Hulton Archive via Getty Images)

Beatles backlash

In 1970, a year after Lennon & Ono wed, The Beatles disbanded.

Fans were quick to point fingers at Ono, branding her as the catalyst of the band's breakdown, & the backlash was fierce. Though Lennon declared in 1991 that his wife had not split up The Beatles, public sentiment towards Ono remains mixed.

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The artist referenced the hatred directed at her in a 2012 interview with The Telegraph, saying, "I was very aware that we were ruining each other's careers and I was hated và John was hated because of me."

The couple eventually left London and moved khổng lồ New York.

The 'Lost Weekend'

An 18-month period between 1973 và 1975, dubbed 'The Lost Weekend' by Lennon, saw the couple separate. Cracks in their marriage began lớn show amid a disappointing reception khổng lồ Lennon's latest work and the lingering "hatred" towards Ono over the Beatles' split.

During this time, Lennon had an affair with May Pang, the couple's young assistant; the pair split their time between new york and Los Angeles. Years later, Ono told The Telegraph she'd orchestrated the affair:

"I thought it's better to give him a rest & me a rest. May Pang was a very intelligent, attractive woman và extremely efficient. I thought they'd be OK."

May Pang with John Lennon during the 'Lost Weekend' period. (Getty)

Pang recalled their conversation to lớn The Independent:

"Yoko ... Said, 'May, I've got to talk to lớn you. John and I are not getting along,' which I knew because the tension was thick. She said, 'He's going khổng lồ start going out with other people.' She said, 'I know you don't have a boyfriend & I know you are not after John, but you need a boyfriend and you would be good for him.'"

The reunion and the final years

Lennon và Pang returned to thành phố new york in early 1975, & their relationship ended when he & Ono reunited soon afterwards.

"It slowly started to dawn on me that John was not the trouble at all. John was a fine person. It was society that had become too much," Ono told Playboy in a joint interview.

"We laugh about it now, but we started dating again. I wanted to lớn be sure ... Nothing would have changed if I had come back as Mrs. Lennon again."

Later that year, on October 9 — Lennon's birthday — the pair welcomed their first and only child together, Sean.

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"We worked hard for that child. We went through all hell trying lớn have a baby, through many miscarriages and other problems. He is what they hotline a love child in truth," Lennon told Playboy.

Lennon took a five-year hiatus from the music industry & largely withdrew from the public eye khổng lồ focus on his family.

Lennon pictured with Ono và their son Sean in new york in 1977. (Getty)

He told Playboy: "We learned that it's better for the family if we are both working for the family, she doing the business và me playing mother and wife."

In 1980, the couple released the album Double Fantasy, which would be Lennon's final studio album.

On December 8, 1980, the musician was assassinated as he & Ono approached the archway entrance of their thành phố new york apartment building that night. Lennon, 40, was shot by Mark David Chapman, who was jailed for đôi mươi years khổng lồ life and has since been denied parole 10 times.

The couple pictured in thủ đô new york in August 1980, four months before Lennon's murder. (AP)

The iconic photo of Lennon and Ono that would end up on the cover of Rolling Stone had been captured by Annie Leibowitz just hours before Lennon's murder.

Lennon was cremated on December 12, và Ono scattered her husband's ashes in Central Park. In place of a funeral, she requested people around the world observe 10 minutes of silence in his memory. "John's death was the worst of everything," the artist told The Telegraph.

Ono has not remarried in the years since Lennon's death; she occasionally shares images and memories from their life together on her social truyền thông media feeds.

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