John Lennon Had a ‘Desire’ to Sleep With Men, Says Yoko Ono
According to Yoko Ono, John Lennon had considered having a homosexual relationship. In a new interview, she said that the couple discussed it, and agreed that it was perfectly natural to be physically attracted to someone of the same gender, even if you identify as heterosexual.
Speaking to the Daily Beast as she's about to receive an Icon award from Attitude magazine for her longtime championing of LGBT rights, Ono said, "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 Ono doesn't belief her late husband ever followed through with it. “I think he had a desire to, but I think he was too inhibited,” Ono said, before quickly backtracking. “No, not inhibited. 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 [...] 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.”
That extends to the story about Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who had kept his homosexuality hidden from the public, taking a vacation to Spain in 1963. According to Beatles lore, Epstein, in some manner, expressed his attraction to Lennon and was rebuffed. “He just didn’t want to do it, I think,” Ono said.
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