The wife of the late great John Lennon, Yoko Ono, has opened up about the speculation over his sexuality.
Beatles fans have long wondered about the late singer’s sexual orientation, with rumours suggesting an alleged affair with the band’s openly gay manager Brian Epstein.
Speaking to The Daily Beast to mark what would have been the legends 75th birthday, Lennon’s widow Ono stated that both of them saw bisexuality as a natural thing: “John and I had a big talk about it, saying, basically, all of us must be bisexual. And we were sort of in a situation of thinking that we’re not [bisexual] because of society. So we are hiding the other side of ourselves, which is less acceptable. But I don’t have a strong sexual desire towards another woman.”
Responding to a quote from Lennon himself that his relationship with Epstein was “almost a love affair… but never consummated”, Ono said: “The story I was told was a very explicit story, and from that I think they didn’t have sex.”
She added: “I’m sure Brian Epstein made a move, yeah… [Lennon] just didn’t want to do it, I think. I think he had a desire to [sleep with men], but I think he was too inhibited. The beginning of the year he was killed, he said to me, ‘I could have done it, but I can’t because I just never found somebody that was that attractive.’ Both John and I were into attractiveness – you know – beauty.”