John Lennon and Yoko Ono were together for 11 years. Their love was different and controversial.
Some relationships are complex, different, and divine. It is so deep that the people around often fail to understand its intensity. John Lennon and Yoko Ono were such a couple. The controversial couple had an epic love story that still feels like an awkward puzzle to many.
According to Unmusic, when Ono was pregnant with their son, Sean Lennon, Lennon stayed by her side. He put on a pair of pajamas and laid on an empty bed next to her to just hold to her hands. He was so thrilled to be a father, that he “established himself as one of the hospital's most attentive dads," according to Express UK.
“Right from the beginning, John wanted to be the only one to hold Sean, and he made sure he knew everything that was going on medically with both Yoko and Sean," rock ’n’ roll photographer Bob Gruen, who was a close friend of John and Yoko’s, according to Express UK.
While Lennon definitely loved Ono, their relationship was nowhere close to perfect. The Beatles star met Ono in 1966 at a London gallery. The artist was exhibiting her work and had no idea who Lennon was. She was unaware of his international fame but was instantly smitten. “I was very attracted to him. It was a really strange situation,” recalled the artist, according to CheatSheet. Though they were both married at the time, their romance was unstoppable.
Shortly after the first meeting, the couple began their affair. Lennon began using his music to express his deep desire for Ono. He wanted to be with her but the artist did not disclose his love for her to his wife Cynthia until she caught them in bed together, according to Cheat Sheet. Lennon divorced his wife and continued his relationship with Ono. Shortly after that, Ono became pregnant but unfortunately, she suffered a miscarriage.
The couple tied the knot in Paris on 20 March, 1969. According to People, the couple was dressed in white with Lennon smoking a cigarette throughout the civil ceremony.
Their wedding was held secretly but the couple allowed their fans to witness their honeymoon. They staged the first of their “bed-ins” for peace during their honeymoon in Amsterdam. By then, Lennon was more than just a musician. He had become an activist and an advocate for peace.
While Lennon extended his activism, the Beatles broke up and many blamed Lennon for it. With Ono in his life, Lennon wanted to spend every single second with her, leaving him with limited time to focus on music.
According to Cheat Sheet, Lennon reportedly even followed her to the bathroom as he could not think of being apart for even minutes. Besides, he started experimenting with music and moving away from mainstream hits.
Despite Lennon's obsession with Ono, their marriage went through some troubled times. The couple hit a rough patch and found it difficult to get along. So, the woman set her husband with her assistant, May Pang. “It’s OK. I know he likes you. If he should ask you to go out with him, you should go," said the woman to her assistant, according to People. Ono believed it would help Lennon.
"I started to notice that he became a little restless on top of that, so I thought it’s better to give him a rest and me a rest. May Pang was a very intelligent, attractive woman and extremely efficient. I thought they’d be OK. John’s affair wasn’t hurtful to me. I needed a rest. I needed space," said Ono, according to Who.
Eighteen months after parting ways, Lennon mended his relationship with Ono. The couple continued to inspire each other. Lennon wrote songs about his love for Yoko and showed the world how much she meant to him. The couple stayed together for another 11 years until Lennon was assassinated.
Though Lennon passed away, Ono still continues her husband's legacy. Now in Japan, the artist uses her art to portray her everlasting love for him.