Julian Lennon reveals his ‘love-hate relationship’ with Beatles classic Hey Jude

Julian Lennon has revealed he had a love-hate relationship with the Beatles song Hey Jude as it was a “dark memory” of his parents’ divorce.

he song was written by Sir Paul McCartney to comfort Julian, then five, when his father John and mother Cynthia separated.

Speaking on the radio show Debatable on SiriusXM Volume, Lennon said: “I wasn’t really aware of what was going on, except when I started seeing Yoko (Ono) nearby, obviously it was making a small impression and apparently I was struggling with it Separation a lot at five.


Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon and his father John Lennon at the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus rehearsal (PA)

“I had raging moments where I was a screaming kid, but those moments didn’t stick in my memory.

“For me it was always about moving forward, protecting my mother as best I could and making her proud, keeping an eye on her, putting my arms around her, protecting her to the end, she was my priority.”

Lennon revealed that watching the Beatles documentary Get Back, which was released last year, and “thinking about the song Hey Jude” inspired his new seventh album, entitled Jude.

He said: “The album allowed me to explain what Hey Jude meant to me, because the fact is it was a love-hate relationship, I thought I’d heard it enough.

“I’m grateful to Paul for writing it and for putting some hope into what was to come, but the downside to that was that it was a dark reminder of what actually happened at the time, the breakup.


Julian and Cynthia Lennon (Dave Thompson/PA)

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“After watching the documentary I was so proud to see my father as I knew him as a kid, remembered him and saw that he was a goofy guy but also such a great writer, actor and singer .

“It reminded me of how much love I actually had for him, it just brought back a lot of memories.”

Lennon added that throughout his adult life he “dreaded” doing an acoustic version of his father’s “iconic” song “Imagine” to raise money for the Ukraine crisis.

“It was the easiest and most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do,” he added.

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