John Lennon's Widow Lures
His Look-Alike Son Away From Mom

Miami Herald 1981
by Noel Botham
Thanks to Jeannette Caserta

 

Julian LennonJulian Lennon- 17 year old son of murdered rock star John Lennon- has been lured away from his mother by John's widow, Yoko Ono, insiders reveal

They say Yoko is spinning the same mesmerizing web around young Julian that she spun around John when she lured him away from his wife Cynthia years ago. "Yoko sees Julian as a substitute figure for John," confided a source close to the teenage boy. "Cynthia is deeply hurt- and furious. She finds it hard to accept that the woman who caused her so much misery by stealing her man is now taking her son away from her"

After his father was shot and killed by a crazed gunman on December 8, Julian left his home in Wales and spent three weeks with Yoko at the New York apartment she and John shared. Julian spent Christmas and the New Year there and did not once phone his mother, according to her best friend, Angie McCartney, ex-wife of Beatle Paul McCartney's brother.

During Julian's stay in New York, Yoko hired a professional drummer to tutor him- part of her plan to make him into a big star like his father, friends reveal.

After the holidays, Julian went home and dropped the bad news on his mother- he would be returning to New York to live with Yoko and would follow in his father's footsteps.

"He came back and said he was leaving for good," said a neighbor of Cynthia's.

Another source said, "Cynthia is standing back and allowing Julian to make up his own mind." The source added, "Yoko sees a great deal of John in Julian. With his long hard parted in the middle, the round wire rim specs and surly looks he is a dead ringer for John Lennon."

"Yoko obviously gets great comfort from the presence of Julian. Through him she sees the spirit of John surviving."

One insider observed: "Yoko has an extraordinary power over people. Friends of both Yoko and Julian are speculating that she sees in Julian something of the John she loved so desperately. She wants him in her home to remind her of John. And when she sets her heart on something, she always gets it." "She will go out of her way to promote his career and do everything within her power to make a success out of him"