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ulian Lennon Affirms Lack of Financial Support from John Lennon During His Upbringing

Joining Esquire to discuss his latest album, ‘Jude,’ Julian Lennon recently opened up about his relationship with his father, John Lennon. The singer revealed that during his childhood, he did not receive financial support from the late Beatle:

“People in the outside world think that I spent time a lot with Dad as a kid and that money was available. That was never the case. Not ever the case.”

Financial Responsibility Taken on by His Mother

Julian’s parents divorced in 1968 following Lennon’s affair with Yoko Ono. The ‘Someday’ singer described the post-divorce period for him and his mother, Cynthia, by saying:

“When they separated, Mum made her own way, and I’ve made my own way. I mean, there was some stuff that came in, like some weird pocket money at some point, but for the most part, we’ve just pushed ourselves to stay alive and fight off all the rumors.”

He mentioned his love for the woman, who passed away in 2015, and added:

“I think Mum was wondering, ‘How do I keep the family going? I don’t have a husband anymore. I’ve got to look after Julian.’ It was a struggle for her, and I think partly the reason why I am the way I am is because there was so much grace and dignity in her. She was without question my beacon, my hero. The only person I really looked up to.”

Limited Closeness Between Julian and John

John Lennon’s relationship with Julian was not close, especially after the Beatles member moved to New York with Yoko Ono. It was not until 1973, during John’s time with May Pang, that the 60-year-old musician began visiting his father regularly.

While people expected their relationship to improve at the time of Lennon’s death in 1980, Julian offered a different view in a 1998 interview with The Telegraph:

“I have to say that, from my point of view, I felt he was a hypocrite. 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?”

Explaining whether he thought it was fair to blame the late vocalist for being a poor father, he added: “Yeah, I do. If you bring a child into this world, whether it’s planned or an accident, you’d better make sure you can care for it. You have to be around. You make time. It’s as simple as that.”

The Inspiration Behind Beatles Songs in the Singer’s Life

The period that followed John and Cynthia’s divorce inspired a Beatles song in 1968. Paul McCartney wrote ‘Hey Jude’ to encourage Julian Lennon in those years, but the singer said he had a love-hate relationship with the non-album single.

Julian told the ‘Club Random With Bill Maher’ podcast: “[It’s a] stark and dark reminder of actually what happened, the fact that dad walked out… left mom and I. That was a point of complete change and complete destruction and complete darkness and sadness. I mean, I was only three, but I recognized something was up.”

He continued: “But for mom… it was heartbreaking. It’s a reminder of that time and that place. I get both sides of it, but a lot of people don’t necessarily understand there’s a dark yin and yang of that song.” You can listen to ‘Hey Jude’ in the video below.

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