John Lennon’s first love, Cynthia Lennon, has passed away from complications due to cancer.
Cynthia’s son with John, Julian, announced the news on his website and tweeted a photo of his mom in remembrance.
“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,” reads a statement on the site.
Cynthia married John Lennon just before The Beatles exploded, and went along for the ride as the band experienced massive success and a loyal following, which sometimes became a danger to her. Fans, she once said, were not supposed to know that any of the Fab Four were married or expecting children because it ruined the experience for them.
“I was not supposed to be known or heard about. In the wisdom, or lack of wisdom, anything to do with somebody becoming famous, male, was not supposed to be married or have (a) girlfriend,” she said.
The 75-year-old artist met Lennon when the two of them were in art school, although she has said that John showed much more interest in music, even then. She had son Julian in 1963, and the marriage survived for five more years before they divorced and he found love with Yoko Ono. Cynthia commented once that John never wrote a song for her that she knew of, and although their relationship was at times troubled — Lennon was reportedly unfaithful to her with Ono — she said that she would always listen to his songs and think about the time they had together.
“When I was writing the book I spent two years with them, visiting her home and spending time with her,” biographer Hunter Davies said. “She was totally different from John in that she was quiet, reserved and calm. She was not a hippy at all. I think it was the attraction of opposites between them. When they got together at art school everyone was amazed – she was seen as refined and reserved and nobody thought they would last.”
Cynthia Lennon said she was attracted to John’s attitude when they first met, saying it was unlike anything she’d come across in a man before.
“You couldn’t resist watching what he was up to. I mean, he was a total rebel. Everybody was amazed by him,” she said.
[Photo courtesy Wikipedia]