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Yoko Ono Shares Intimate Details About John Lennon's Last Days

Date April 12, 2018 15:06

The John Lennon and Yoko Ono love story is far from the regular fairytale. Still, many see it as a match made by Cupid himself. John was one of the most celebrated musicians at the time he met Yoko, thanks to his band, The Beatles. She was an eclectic artiste.

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Despite being married, John fell in love with Yoko after meeting her at an art exhibition in London. They were married soon after John’s divorce from his wife of six years, Cynthia Powell.

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Their relationship was widely covered by the media, even more after The Beatles broke up. Till date, many people still blame Yoko for the band coming to an end just a year after John got married to her.

Yoko Ono shares details of John’s last days

In 2010, Yoko Ono shared a revealing article on Rolling Stone chronicling the final days of rock icon John Lennon. In the months leading up to his death, the couple was recording their highly acclaimed Double Fantasy album.

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It was a very intense period, she says, as they worked long hours at the studio, day after day. Their plan was to finish early enough to set a release date before Christmas of 1980.

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For Yoko, it was a delicate time as a lot of attention was still focused on her. Some artists were concerned about her influence on John’s music.

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But she said he was always protecting her and offering advice along the way. Once, she was frustrated about the pace of recording and scribbles some musical notations to a musician and asked him to play. It didn’t turn out nice.

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Later on, John called her aside and advised her to instead compliment musicians, then ask if they could make the changes she wanted.

John was also emotionally troubled during the period as if he anticipated some tragedy. Yoko said one night, she found him sobbing, "Don't leave me alone. Don't die on me."

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It was also during the same period that Yoko started wearing her trademark dark sunglasses. John actually got the first pair for her, saying "You should wear these all the time."

The last day of his life, John and Yoko were pretty busy with an interview scheduled and a photoshoot with Annie Leibovitz. Later that evening, they still had to get to the studio and work on their record.

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Neither John nor Yoko expected that this would be his last day on earth. Just before her final walk with him, he pulled her aside and said the most beautiful words she ever heard.

And even though it ended up being the last she would hear from him, Yoko says that it was just as beautiful as every other day she spent with him.

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Julian Lennon thinks differently

John’s older son, Julian Lennon, paints a strikingly different picture of his father. In an interview with The Telegraph originally published in 1998, Julian said his father was quite the opposite of what he portrayed in public.

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I have to say that, from my point of view, I felt he was a hypocrite. Dad could talk about peace and love out loud to the world but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him: his wife and son.

Before John’s death, Cynthia Powell was trying to establish a relationship between father and son. As Julian says, it didn’t pan out as planned. There was an uneasiness to his father that he figured was a result of guilt.

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You cannot just discard people because you can't face up to them. You cannot say: 'Here's my new life. I'm older, I understand more, I'll make it better now'. It doesn't work that way.

Relations between Julian and Yoko have been largely civil since John’s death. Clearly, their different experiences with the late music icon leave a lot to the imagination.

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