Yoko Ono discusses John Lennon’s bisexuality
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Yoko Ono opened up about her looming fear of John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, the racism throughout her career, and, of course, the late Beatle’s legacy.
Ono delved into her husband’s sexuality, and it sounds like his orientation was more fluid than most people might have guessed. Ono was led into the topic after being asked if she had ever had sex with women.
“John and I had a big talk about it, saying, basically, all of us must be bisexual,” Ono told The Daily Beast. “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.”
Ono recounted a story involving a trip where Beatles manager Brian Epstein is widely believed to have made a pass at Lennon. Ono denied that the two ever hooked up, but described their intense relationship as “almost a love affair.”
According to an old rumor, Lennon had allegedly allowed Epstein to give him a hand job.
“Uh, well, the story I was told was a very explicit story, and from that I think they didn’t have it [sex],” said Ono. “But they went to Spain, and when they came back, tons of reporters were asking, ‘Did you do it, did you do it?’ So he said, ‘I did it.’ Isn’t that amazing? But of course he would say that. I’m sure Brian Epstein made a move, yeah. [Lennon] just didn’t want to do it, I think.”
Her anecdote raises more questions than it answers. For example, what would constitute an “explicit story” yet not involve sex?
As for whether Lennon wanted to sleep with other men, Ono admitted that he “had a desire to,” but was ultimately “too inhibited.”
“No, not inhibited,” said Ono. “He said, ‘I don’t mind if there’s an incredibly attractive guy.’ It’s very difficult: They would have to be not just physically attractive, but mentally very advanced too. And you can’t find people like that.”
Ono ultimately conceded that Lennon never found that elusive balance of physical and mental attraction in a man, so he never had sex with one.
“The beginning of the year he was killed,” said Ono. “[H]e 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.”
Right, because the rest of us are so into ugly people.
[The Daily Beast | Image: Getty]