Julian Lennon Recalls John Lennon’s Attempt To Salvage Their Relationship

Recently speaking to Goldmine, John Lennon‘s son Julian Lennon listed the ten albums that changed his life. As he disclosed, one of them brought him closer to his father.

Julian picked his late father’s 1974 album ‘Walls and Bridges’ as one of his favorite records and recalled their relationship at the time:

“Dad’s album. I played snare with one stick on it, yes, if you can call that playing, in any capacity. Dad and I were seeing each other and getting along at that moment in time, so not only was it a special time, but he was doing that, and Elton [John] was there at the same time.”

It is no secret that Julian experienced a strained relationship with his father after his parents ended their marriage in 1968 due to John’s affair with Yoko Ono. Following the divorce, the late Beatle had limited contact with Julian for many years. In a 2020 article published by the Guardian, the singer explained how he had felt after his father left home:

“Then suddenly, my dad literally disappeared off the face of the planet. At least, that’s how it seemed to me. He and Yoko Ono were deeply and publicly in love. And I felt as if my mum and I had been cast aside.”

However, in the mid-1970s, John made efforts to reconnect with his son, and their relationship reportedly improved, thanks to May Pang’s involvement. She persuaded Lennon to invite Julian and his mother, Cynthia, to visit, marking their first reunion in years. They maintained contact over the years. So, Julian and John reconciled to some extent before John’s death in 1980.