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 icon’s 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.”
In the same interview, Ono also said that she fears Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman: “One thing I think is that he did it once, he could do it again, to somebody else – you know. It could be me, it could be Sean, it could be anybody, so there is that concern.”
She continued: “I said he’s crazy, but probably not – probably he had a purpose he wanted to accomplish like ‘Kill John Lennon’. So he might have another purpose. He’s not the kind of person who’s… I don’t think he’s just doing it emotionally. There is a reason, whether a simple reason or not, to do what he does, and justify it. So that’s very scary.”
Lennon was murdered in December 1980 after being shot by Chapman in New York.
Last week, Ono attempted to break the world record for the largest human peace sign at Central Park in New York. 2,000 people gathered, while 5,000 attendees were needed to break the record.