Cynthia Lennon, the former wife of John Lennon of the Beatles, died in her home, Wednesday in Mallorca, Spain. She lost her long time battle with cancer and died at 75, with her son, Julian, by her side.
Yoko Ono in a statement released on the death of Cynthia Lennon, wrote on her website,”I’m very saddened by Cynthia’s death. She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian. She had such a strong zest for life and I felt proud how we two women stood firm in the Beatles family. Please join me in sending love and support to Julian at this very sad time.”
Julian, reported the news of her death on his website and also created a video tribute to his mother, featuring black-and-white photos of her throughout her life and set to Julian’s 2011 song “Beautiful,” which includes the song’s lyrics.
Born in 1939 as Cynthia Powell, she met the Beatle in a 1957 at a lettering class at the Liverpool College of Art. Lennon teased her, but was attracted to him. She grew her blonde hair long like Brigitte Bardot, when she discovered what Lennon found attractive, At that time she had a fiancé, but broke it off to date Lennon.
Upon learning she was pregnant, John insisted they marry. They wed on August 23, 1962 at a London register’s office, witnessed by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, manager Brian Epstein and her brother Tony and wife. The couple later had lunch with Harrison and McCartney at a nearby restaurant.
Their son, Julian, was born on the 8th of April 8th the following year.
The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, urged the Lennon’s to keep their marriage secret as the group began gaining popularity, since he felt it would affect the band’s image, but it still hit the frontlines upon Julian’s birth. Reportedly, Lennon had number of affairs during the course of their marriage. They divorced after Cynthia discovered Lennon’s affair with Yoko Ono, in November 1968.
More than a year later, she married Italian hotelier Roberto Bessanini, but divorced in 1973. She the married a businessman named John Twist, but ended their marriage in 1983.
During her marriage to Twist, John Lennon was murdered. Cynthia said in 1995, “Ringo phoned from New York, because he heard the news of John’s death first, he’d phoned Maureen,” referring to Maureen Cox, Ringo’s ex with whom she was staying.
In 2002, she married a Noel Charles, nightclub owner, and stayed with him until his demise.
Cynthia worked as a painter, after her divorce from John, and was involved in the London restaurant Lennon’s. In 1991, she auctioned off much of her personal memorabilia related to John Lennon. Four years later, she made her first record, a cover of Mary Hopkin’s “Those Were the Days”.
She wrote two books about her life, A Twist of Lennon in 1978 and John, a book about the Beatle that came out in 2005.