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Entertainment Julian Lennon: John Lennon's son remembers final conversation 'He was so happy'

05:35  08 april  2021
05:35  08 april  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Julian Lennon was born on April 8, 1963. His father was one of the most famous men in the world but left his mother, Cynthia Lennon when he was just five years old. Paul McCartney wrote the song Dear Jude (originally Dear Jules) to comfort the heartbroken little boy. 12 years later, just when father and son were starting to build a new relationship. John Lennon was murdered outside his New York home. But Julian still remembers the last time they spoke and how "extremely happy" the Beatles star was in his personal and professional lives.

Growing up, Julian saw relatively little of his father. John built a new separate life with Yoko Ono Over and they eventually had a son together, Sean, in 1975.

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Over the years, John had been a little unkind speaking about his first family and famously saying Sean had been planned whereas Julian was the result of drinking too much.

But John and Yoko had separated for 18 months in 1973 and the Beatles star's new girlfriend May Pang encouraged him to spend time with Julian. Even so, John was based in America, focusing on his own music and then he reunited with Yoko and started a new family.

For many years after John's death, Julian spoke angrily about how he and his mother had been treated.

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John Lennon, Julian Lennon are posing for a picture: John and Julian Lennon © GETTY John and Julian Lennon a brown teddy bear sitting on top of a bed: John and Julian Lennon at home in Liverpool © GETTY John and Julian Lennon at home in Liverpool a man riding on the back of a truck: John and Julian Lennon at home in Liverpool © GETTY John and Julian Lennon at home in Liverpool

Julian said: "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.

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"How can you talk about peace and love and have a family in bits and pieces - no communication, adultery, divorce?"

He sued John's estate and was reported to have received a $20million settlement in 1996, authorised by Yoko.

But in later years, Julian has publicly made his peace with his memories of his father and his childhood, even appearing at various memorial events dedicated to John, always with his mother Cynthia by his side.

And last year, he teamed up with Sean to mark the 40th anniversary of John's death with a special joint interview on BBC Radio.

a little girl wearing a hat: John and Julian Lennon in 1968 © GETTY John and Julian Lennon in 1968 May Pang et al. sitting posing for the camera: John and Julian Lennon with May Pang © GETTY John and Julian Lennon with May Pang

Julian was just 17 when his father was murdered outside his New York home on December 8, 1980.

The former Beatle had been working on a new solo album, Double Fantasy, during an intense burst of creativity in the final months of his life as he prepared to relaunch his musiccareer. The album was preceded by the single (Just Like) Starting Over.

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Julian remembers their final conversations: "Dad and I had been getting on and speaking a lot more on the phone, you know, when I was sort of 15, 16 and 17.

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a group of people pose for a photo: Julian Lennon at 17 with mother Cynthia © GETTY Julian Lennon at 17 with mother Cynthia Cynthia Lennon et al. posing for the camera: Julian and Cynthia Lennon at the dedication of a memorial to John Lennon in 2010 © GETTY Julian and Cynthia Lennon at the dedication of a memorial to John Lennon in 2010

Julian said: "I just remember I was living in North Wales at the time and I'd spent six months or a year in boarding as well and I'd finally come home. And I was living at mum's house and I was finishing up at school and I remember him playing Starting Over over the phone, he just mixed it.

"He played it over the phone and I was living in the attic in the house in this street called Castle Street in a town called Ruthin, and I remember hearing it and saying I loved it, I absolutely loved it."

Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon are posing for a picture: Julian and Cynthia Lennon © GETTY Julian and Cynthia Lennon

Julian added: ""I didn't know what to expect from this new album of his... Double Fantasy. And I'd heard that and I told him how much I loved it and then obviously, what happened, happened."

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It is poignant that Julian still refers to the terrible way he lost his father in such an oblique way but he went on to share how he takes comfort from how happy his father was in his final days.

Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Cynthia Lennon, Julian Lennon posing for the camera: Julian and Cynthia Lennon with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon © GETTY Julian and Cynthia Lennon with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon

Julian says: "I just remember that as being the last kind of moments, listening to him being extremely happy in a happy place, and doing what he loved, and the music that he played me at that particular point, Starting Over, and some of the other album tracks.

"I was very happy for him and looking forward to seeing him again. Anyway, in another dimension..."

Sean added: "Yeah. Well, the sort of stark contrast between how optimistic and positive that record is musically and how happy he is, and then the sort of context in which it came out is just, you know, there's no other way to put it, but it's tragic, but it's incredible."

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