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John Lennon's relationship with Yoko Ono ended when John Lennon died on December 8, 1980. They had been married for 11.7 years.

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John Lennon

Music - Musician

Why Famous: The Beatles, solo artist, and peace activist

Age: 40 (10/9/1940 - 12/8/1980)

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Yoko Ono

Arts - Artist

Why Famous: Widow of John Lennon

Age: 85 (b. 2/18/1933)

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Relationship Timeline

Event Start Date Length
Dating 5/12/1968 9.1 months
Engaged 2/14/1969 1.2 months
Married 3/20/1969 11.7 years
    Separated 6/28/1973 --
    Reconciled 4/21/1974 --
Deceased 12/8/1980 --
 Total12.6 years

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
John Ono Lennon II11/21/1968< 1 mo.*MaleBiological
Sean Ono Lennon10/9/197542 yrs.MaleBiological

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Where and/or how did John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet?

There are two versions of how Lennon and Ono met: The first version says that on 9 November 1966, Lennon went to the Indica gallery in London, where Ono was preparing her conceptual art exhibit, and they were introduced by gallery owner John Dunbar. Yoko Ono had no idea who John was, she had never heard of the Beatles. The second version is that in late 1965, Ono was in London compiling original musical scores for a book that John Cage was working on. She knocked on McCartney's door, but he declined to give her any manuscripts as he kept all his originals, but suggested that Lennon might oblige. When asked, Lennon gave the original handwritten lyrics to "The Word" from Rubber Soul to Ono. They were reproduced in Cage's book, Notations.

Why did John Lennon and Yoko Ono break up?

Yoko was accompanying John on 12/8/1980, the day he was shot four times and murdered.

Other Relationship Information about John Lennon and Yoko Ono:

Yoko became pregnant by John and subsequently miscarried while John was still married to Cynthia.

On March 14, 1969, they drove to see Mimi, John's aunt and childhood caregiver, and asked her if they could be married at sea.

They spent their hooneymoon in a bed-in for peace in Amsterdam.

They recorded the peace anthem, Give Peace a Chance, at a bed-in in Montreal, Canada.

Yoko had three miscarriages before their son, Sean was born.

John retired from his music career to give more nuture and love to Sean which he had neglected to do with his first born, Julian. He essentially became a house husband.

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Classic Quotes by John Lennon and Yoko Ono about their relationship:

"I miss you, John, 27 years later, I still wish I could turn back the clock to the Summer of 1980. I remember everything - sharing our morning coffee, walking in the park together on a beautiful day, and seeing your hand stretched to mine - holding it, reassuring me that I shouldn't worry about anything because our life was good. I had no idea that life was about to teach me the toughest lesson of all. I learned the intense pain of losing a loved one suddenly, without warning, and without having the time for a final hug and the chance to say, "I love you," for the last time." Yoko Ono 12/8/2007
Reaction to John's death: "Oh no, no, no, no...tell me it's not true!" Yoko Ono 12/8/1980
"There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean." Yoko Ono 12/9/2007

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