Published On: Mon, Aug 7th, 2017

John Lennon open letter to ex-wife Cynthia after marriage breakdown unearthed


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An open letter John Lennon wrote to Cynthia has been unearthed after 41 years

Within the unique letter, which is titled ‘an open letter to Cynthia Twist’ and is dated November 15, 1976, the previous Beatle mentioned Cynthia had an ‘impaired’ reminiscence of their marriage.

He claimed their relationship was over lengthy earlier than Yoko Ono arrived on the scene and accused her of double requirements for wishing to get away from her previous with the Beatle, but was glad to discuss it to magazines.

Lennon despatched the letter to a US weekly journal for them to publish with the request that it’s ‘printed with none edits. 

I believe it solely truthful to me and your readers to current my aspect of the story’.

He wrote it in response to an article Cynthia had printed in an English ladies’s journal earlier that 12 months. 


As you and I effectively know, our marriage was over lengthy earlier than the appearance of L.S.D. or Yoko Ono

John Lennon


She claimed her ex-husband’s mounting LSD use and the intrusion of Yoko Ono had been in charge for the breakdown of the wedding. 

On the time these letters had been written, Lennon had reunited along with his second spouse Ono after an 18 month separation. 

In Lennon’s rebuttal, he claimed Cynthia came over him two years earlier in 1974 to attempt to persuade him to get again collectively along with her however he declined as a result of he was nonetheless in love with Ono.

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Within the letter, Lennon slams Cynthia for making the main points of their marriage breakdown public

He refuted her declare that he employed a non-public detective to spy on her and her future husband Roberto Bassanini who she was married to from 1970 to 1973.

The letter measures eight.5in by 11in and has been signed ‘John’ with Lennon including a small sketch of his face.

It’s being consigned by a non-public collector within the US who needs to stay nameless and the letter is tipped to promote for £20,000 ($25,000).

It reads in full: “As you and I effectively know, our marriage was over lengthy earlier than the appearance of L.S.D. or Yoko Ono … and that is actuality! 

“Your reminiscence is impaired to say the least. 

“Your model of our first L.S.D. journey is fairly obscure, and also you appear to have forgotten subsequent journeys altogether! 

“You additionally appear to have forgotten that solely two years in the past, whereas I used to be separated from Yoko, you abruptly introduced Julian to see me in Los Angeles after three years of silence. 

“Throughout this go to, you hardly allowed me to be alone with him for one second. 

“You even requested me to remarry you and/or provide you with one other youngster, ‘for Julian’s sake’! 

“I politely instructed you no, and that, anyway, I used to be nonetheless in love with Yoko, (which I assumed was very ‘right down to earth’). 

“There have been no detectives despatched to Italy. Our mutual buddy Alex Mardas went to Bassanini’s Lodge to see the way you had been, as you mentioned you had been too ailing to come back house…

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Lennon claimed their relationship was over lengthy earlier than Yoko Ono arrived on the scene

“Lastly, I do not blame you for desirous to get away out of your ‘Beatle’ previous. 

“However in case you are critical about it, it’s best to attempt to keep away from speaking to and posing for magazines and newspapers! 

“We did have some good years, so dwell on them for a change, and, as Dylan says, it was ‘A Easy Twist of Destiny!’ 

“Love & good luck to the three of you, from the three of us.”

Lennon’s pun on Cynthia’s surname on the shut of the primary letter ‘A Easy Twist of Destiny’ presumably impressed Cynthia’s resolution to name her forthcoming memoirs A Twist of Lennon which had been printed in 1978. 

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Lennon wrote the letter in response to an article Cynthia had printed in a ladies’s journal

A spokesman for US based mostly RR Auctions, who’re promoting the letter, mentioned: “As Lennon’s official aspect of the story, a public he-said, she-said self-defence, these letters symbolize the distinctive remaining chapter within the lifetime of the previous Beatle.

“They’re of the utmost rarity and significance.” Cynthia met Lennon in a calligraphy class on the Liverpool School of Artwork and so they started relationship in 1958.

They married in 1962 and had been collectively for six years however divorced in November 1968.

In 1976, Cynthia married John Twist, an engineer from Lancashire, however divorced him in 1983.

She was married to nighttime membership proprietor Noel Charles from 2002 till his demise in 2013. Two years later, in 2015, she died aged 65.

The public sale ends on August 9.


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