John Lennon family feud: Is son Julian close to Yoko Ono? Inside relationship

Julian Lennon is the eldest son of John Lennon and was born to the Beatles singer and his first wife Cynthia. However, John left his first wife for Yoko Ono, with whom he had his “planned” child Sean. Julian and Yoko went to court over John’s will, leaving many to believe there is a long-lasting rivalry between them.

Is Julian Lennon close to Yoko Ono?

Julian has spoken openly about his father’s second wife Yoko and son Sean although some of his comments are far more thinly veiled.

In an interview with The Telegraph in 1998, asked about whether he had a rivalry with his half-brother, Sean, he replied: “It’s news to me. I love Sean to death. He’s a very smart kid.

“But I do think there are things done without his knowledge. Someone in the camp could be manipulating events.

“She wants to make sure Sean’s OK, whatever it takes.”

Part of this could come from Julian’s previous anger at his own father, who once spoke about how Julian was the result of “whiskey” compared to his “planned” son, Sean.

Julian said of his father: “Dad could talk about peace and love out loud to the world but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him: his wife and son.

“How can you talk about peace and love and have a family in bits and pieces – no communication, adultery, divorce? You can’t do it, not if you’re being true and honest with yourself.”

However, speaking directly about Yoko, he called her “a hardball, a very strong woman.”

He added: “I admire her – she’s a tough cookie – but I don’t necessarily agree with her”.

There was a well-publicised battle between the pair as Julian attempted to gain a further settlement from the John Lennon estate, which was once estimated to be around £220million.

In the original divorce settlement between John and Cynthia, Julian would receive £2,400 a year in maintenance before inheriting a £50,000 trust fund when he was aged 25, compared to his younger brother, who would be the main beneficiary of John’s huge earnings.


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Julian eventually secured a further settlement from the estate in 1996, but the number was never revealed, and it saw Julian go up against the main executor of the estate, Yoko.

In the end, Julian used a great deal of this to buy back some of his father’s possessions, including an Afghan coat worn by John on the cover of the Magical Mystery Tour, and scribbled notes about the song Hey Jude, which is written about him.

However, since then, Julian has spoken more favourably of Yoko.

Speaking on SiriusXM, he said: “Yoko and I have had our issues in the past, but I have to say that I was actually blown away by how much involvement she really [had in the Imagine album, as shown in documentary Above Us Only Sky].


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“She wasn’t in the background; she was part of the mix. No question about it.

“And I was quite surprised and I was, you know, I have to say I bow down to her involvement.

“She guided him pretty well through that album. I really believe that. Obviously, he was at the forefront, but her inspiration came through.”

Clearly there is now an admiration between them, and Yoko has echoed these sentiments in recent comments.

While attending Julian’s photography exhibitions, Sean said of his brother: “Julian is the reason I started playing music. Because when I was a kid, when his first record, Vallotte hit the charts, it was the biggest thing…”

Following this, Yoko declared: “Julian is the biggest thing in our family.”

Other than this, Yoko has said very little about Julian in the past, despite their highly-publicised disputes.

It may be after years of differences, the pair are finally on better terms.

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