John Lennon On Yoko Ono - Short story re-discovered
A short story written by John Lennon has been re-discovered casting new light on his relationship with Yoko Ono.
John Lennon was married when The Beatles first rose to fame. With his wife Cynthia and young son Julian it seemed as if the young songwriter was at the centre of domestic bliss, yet nothing could be further from the truth.
An essay written by John Lennon in 1978 has been re-discovered. His widow Yoko Ono alerted fans to the short story via her Twitter, and the piece sheds new light on Lennon's feelings about his life.
Beginning with his pre-fame notions of femininity, John Lennon reveals his teenage longing for Brigitte Bardot. "Met the real Brigitte a few years later" he claims. "I was on acid and she was on her way out."
The Beatles voyage to India in 1968 left a lasting impression on the singer, with Lennon revealing that he became fixated with oriental women. "I finally met Yoko and the dream became a reality" he revealed.
"The only woman I’d ever met who was my equal in every way imaginable. My better, actually. Although I’d had numerous interesting “affairs” in my previous incarnation, I’d never met anyone worth breaking up a happily-married state of boredom for. Escape, at last! Someone to leave home for! Somewhere to go. I’d waited an eternity."
The Beatles star also recalled the casual racism flung towards his new bride. "Having been brought up in the genteel poverty of a lower middle-class environment, I should not have been surprised by the outpouring of race-hatred and anti-female malice to which we were subjected in that bastion of democracy, Great Britain."
"It was hard for Yoko to understand, having been recognized all her life as one of the most beautiful and intelligent women in Japan. The racism and sexism were overt. I was ashamed of Britain."