Some people would argue that Yoko Ono and John Lennon had the most romantic love story in history. What makes their love story so special is how abruptly it was cut short and how much impact their love has had in the world in general, particularly through activism.
While the lovebirds are two people whose paths were very unlikely to cross, the universe somehow made magic happen. This is because Lennon, who was an artist well known for being a member of the popular band, The Beatles, was married to another woman when he met Yoko, another artist, singer, songwriter. The pair started having an affair and when Lennon’s wife found out, she divorced her husband. Read on to find out more about the couple, including the juicy details of how they met.
Brief Biography of Yoko Ono and John Lennon
Yoko Ono was born on the 18th of February 1933 in the city of Tokyo in Japan to parents; Isoko and Eisuke Ono. Her mother, Isoko, was a successful banker while her father, Eisuke, was a professional classical pianist. Because of a transfer to San Francisco before she was born, Yoko did not meet her father until she was two years old. Her family relocated a few times; joining her father in San Francisco, then back to Japan in 1937, before finally settling in New York City in 1940. She grew up with her younger brother, Keisuke, who was born in December 1936.
John Lennon, on the other hand, was born on the 9th of October, 1940 in the city of Liverpool to parents; Julia and Alfred Lennon. John had quite a complicated relationship with his parents. Growing up, he spent most of his time with his mother as his father was often away working as a merchant seaman, even at the time of his birth.
His father always sent money back to his family until one day when the money stopped coming for about a six-month period. Alfred later showed up and offered to look after the family but was turned down by his wife who was pregnant with another man’s child. At some point, 5-year old Lennon was asked to choose between his mother and his father of which he chose to go live with his mother and had no contact with his dad for 2 decades.
How Did They Meet?
These two iconic figures met each other on the 9th of November 1966 in London at the Indica Gallery. It appears that Yoko was displaying her conceptual art exhibit at the gallery and the owner of the gallery, John Dunbar, had introduced them to one another.
They immediately became friends as John had become intrigued by one of Yoko’s pieces called “Hammer A Nail” which had simply been created by patrons who had hammered nails into a board to create art. For fun, Lennon had asked to also hammer in a nail himself but Yoko, not knowing who he was, refused. That same day, Lennon had also helped himself to a bite of an apple that Yoko had on display and it had infuriated her.
The pair later became friends or even more than that as Yoko was always calling Lennon’s house. At that time, John Lennon was married to a woman named Cynthia and she had asked him about Yoko’s frequent calls to the house which he had dismissed. As the story goes, John Lennon and Yoko Ono first made love in John’s apartment while Cynthia was on holiday. She walked in on them with Yoko wearing her bathrobe and John simply saying: “Oh, hi.” The two got divorced soon afterward.
In 1969, Lennon changed his name legally, adding Ono as his middle name. Ono had 3 miscarriages for Lennon before she eventually gave birth to a son named Sean. In December 1980, John Lennon was murdered in the presence of Yoko Ono.
Who is She Married to Now?
After the death of John Lennon, Yoko remained single and has focused all her energy on creating art. She has also become a philanthropist, as she established an annual music competition with the BMI Foundation. The competition focused on contemporary musical genres and was made to honor Lennon’s creative legacy and memory. She has also received many humanitarian awards for her active works for humanity.