Imagine — If John Lennon was still here — and out as Bisexual!

Yoko Ono and John Lennon at their home in England, December 1968.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon at their home in England, December 1968.

Imagine! A rare an in-depth interview with Yoko Ono talks about the wonderful days she shared with Beatles mastermind John Lennon. It turns out that, perhaps if he wasn’t so brutally murdered on the front steps of their Manhattan townhouse, they may have explored their bisexuality. Just imagine!

Because John Lennon believed we all are bisexual. That’s according to Ono.

“John and I had a big talk about it, saying, basically, all of us must be bisexual,” Ono said in her exclusive interview to The Daily Beast. “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.”

It’s not a surprise that there were rumors. This is the couple that was famous for their “bed in for peace” where they stayed in bed for a week to protest war and violence in the world.  Ono is shown in a famous photo with Lennon and pop artist Andy Warhol as they grope each other.

Lennon was fascinated with Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan, and looked at them as artistic mentors. The Beatles opened for gay icon Little Richard, who Lennon also worshipped.

The bisexual rumors around the Beatles always involved Brian Epstein, their manager, who supposedly made a pass at Lennon according to legend. Not knowing for sure, Yoko said she doubted they had sex, but Lennon himself explained to Playboy magazine that the relationship with his manager as “almost a love affair.” He said, “Well, it was almost a love affair, but not quite. It was never consummated. But we did have a pretty intense relationship.” It prompted a movie in 1991 called “The Hours and Times.”

She joked about her husband’s bromance with pretty boy Paul McCartney whom he shared a room with during their intense tour dates. He and McCartney co-wrote “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” which is supposed to be about Epstein and the pass he made while they were in Spain.

john-lennon-bannerOno said, “They went to Spain, and when they came back, tons of reporters were asking, ‘Did you do it, did you do it?’ So he said, ‘I did it.’ Isn’t that amazing? But of course he would say that. I’m sure Brian Epstein made a move, yeah. [Lennon] just didn’t want to do it, I think.”

Lennon “had a desire” to sleep with other men, but ultimately was too shy, “too inhibited.”

What would be his type?

“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,” Ono recalled Lennon saying. “And you can’t find people like that.”

And, wouldn’t that be exactly what you expect from the more cerebral, more intelligent and seemingly more soulful of the Fab Four?

A lot of rock historians thought the break-up of the Beatles was the result of a lover’s quarrel. Not surprising, it seemed that McCartney married Linda Eastman on March 12, 1969 and on March 20, 1969 Lennon married Ono.

Lennon never found that magical balance of mental stimulus and physical attraction in another guy, not even among his varied band mates. So, Ono doesn’t believe he ever had sex with another guy.

In fact, the year he was murdered by his assassin Mark David Chapman, Lennon thought about a relationship with guys. “I could have done it, but I can’t because I just never found somebody that was that attractive,” he told his wife. She said, “Both John and I were into attractiveness—you know—beauty.”

She said, “I mean, both John and I thought it was good that people think we were bisexual, or homosexual.”

Ono is now 82. She lives in the same place where Lennon was gunned down on the front steps of the Dakota in 1980 off Central Park.

It’s not far from the Strawberry Fields memorial located in that end of the park with a mosaic that bears the name of one of his greatest songs. Imagine.



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Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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