George Harrison’s Widow Olivia Recalls Yoko Ono’s Warning After George’s Passing
George Harrison‘s wife, Olivia Harrison, spoke to The Times and talked about what John Lennon’s widow and musician Yoko Ono said to her following The Beatles icon’s death. She also unveiled whether they were still friends with Ono by sharing details about their relationship over the years.
Harrison struggled with lung cancer and brain tumor shortly before his death because of cancer on November 29, 2001, at the age of 58. His passing devasted his family, friends, bandmates, and fans worldwide, that paid tribute to him and his contributions to rock music as a genius. Of course, it was hard for his widow Olivia to continue without the love of her life, but she had to for their child and her husband’s legacy.
After mourning, Harrison returned to working on her charity projects and represented the late musician on the Beatles’ Apple Corps board. She became one of the five directors of the multimedia corporation along with Ono and other Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. During her new interview, she recalled when she lost Harrison and Ono’s warning to her about what would happen next.
As a widow of a highly famous musician, Olivia realized that she had to deal with legal battles, paperwork, and people who were after her to gain more money by milking George Harrison. Ono wanted her to understand this as a woman who had gone through these problems for years. Since then, she has been controlling the finance, protecting his legacy, and fighting everyone who tells her how to live her life.
In her interview, Harrison said:
“I got very busy, managing lots of things and the gardens and business and the people that, you know, change. I think more the people who came in. I did have to jettison a few. Yoko said to me, ‘You don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do.’ She was right. There were people who had other ideas about how I should live my life. I was pretty shocked by that.
That took years. After George died, I was still doing it. I thought, no, you can’t let people walk all over you. That’s not a good message for other people. I had more than one person tell me, ‘Well, Mrs. Harrison, you’re not going to want your business in the papers.’ I said, ‘Well, you know what? I’ve been in the papers, I don’t care, but do you want your business in the papers? Go ahead, make my day.'”
When asked if they still see each other, Olivia noted:
“Yes, though I haven’t seen her in a long time. She’s not been very well recently, but she always befriended me. We didn’t spend much time together, but she’s magnificent. We would sit in a board meeting together, and she would take everyone completely out of this realm into another realm, which I loved. She’s the most disarming person.”
Moreover, Olivia Harrison revealed that she and Yoko Ono have been friends for many years and defined the musician as a disarming person that can take everyone from one realm to another. However, she highlighted that they couldn’t see each other nowadays because Ono wasn’t feeling well.