Why John Lennon Said He ‘Would Never Bother’ Divorcing Yoko Ono

Why John Lennon Said He ‘Would Never Bother’ Divorcing Yoko Ono

John Lennon said he probably wouldn't have bothered divorcing Yoko Ono after separation
Yoko Ono and John Lennon | Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s marriage began after his first divorce

In November 1966, Lennon and Ono met at a London gallery where she was preparing for an exhibition (per Vogue.) They had an immediate connection, though he was married to his first wife, Cynthia Lennon.

Though John Lennon divorced his first wife, he said he probably would never have done the same in his marriage to Yoko Ono. Even after he and Ono split and were somewhat detached, he didn’t see a reason to terminate their relationship legally. He once explained why they “probably would never bother” divorcing each other, even if they decided to live separate lives.

“This is … the madness of it all — to this day I don’t understand that, but it’s almost as though … John’s attitude in life was: The best form of defense is attack,” Cynthia told NPR’s Fresh Air in 1985. She added, “It was one of those situations I will never understand.”