Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon’s first wife, has died at the age of 75. Cynthia was married to The Beatles band member for six years after she became pregnant in 1962. The Beatles were embarking on newfound fame when the couple met. Cynthia had one child with John — Julian Lennon. They divorced in 1968 and in 1969, John married Yoko Ono.
Julian Lennon released a statement after his mother’s death, that MSN posted.
“Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but brave battle with cancer. Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
As Us Weekly writes, Cynthia Lennon’s death comes 35 years after her ex-husband’s untimely death. He was shot in New York City by a crazed fan.
John and Cynthia met as students at the Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s and had a rocky marriage, according to a 2005 memoir Cynthia titled John. In the book, she alleged verbal and physical abuse occurred during their time together, but that the singer-songwriter only smacked her once. MSN’s excerpt of the memoir has Cynthia stating that John could be a jealous person. He interpreted her dancing with a friend of his to be cheating, so he struck her. Cynthia wrote that it was the only time he physically abused her.
“He was a very jealous young man at the time, and he had a lot of pain inside. He wanted to trust me and he thought by seeing me dance with a friend of his that I was being disloyal or messing around. So he smacked me, but that was the only time.”
TMZ reports that Cythia went on to marry three more times after she divorced from John in 1968.
“I think we both changed. It was natural that we both change. But I did not want to go down the road John was going… I had nothing to escape. I wasn’t looking for anything else. I wasn’t searching in my mind for new experiences on a mental state.”
In 1980, Cynthia wrote her first book about her life with John Lennon. It was titled, A Twist of Lennon.
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