Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1968.
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By Nolan Feeney
October 14, 2015

Yoko Ono suggests that John Lennon may have been bisexual and that he “had a desire” to have sex with men in a new interview.

Ono, who was married to Lennon until he was killed in 1980, told The Daily Beast that the two spoke openly with one another about their sexualities. “John and I had a big talk about it, saying, basically, all of us must be bisexual. And we were sort of in a situation of thinking that we’re not [bisexual] because of society. So we are hiding the other side of ourselves, which is less acceptable.”

Rumors of a sexual encounter between Lennon and the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein during a 1963 vacation inspired a fictionalized film account, The Hours and Times, but Ono doesn’t believe it happened, or that there were any other relationships with men.

“I think he had a desire to, but I think he was too inhibited,’ Ono said, before clarifying. “No, not inhibited. He said, ‘I don’t mind if there’s an incredibly attractive guy.’ It’s very difficult: they would have to be not just physically attractive, but mentally very advanced too. And you can’t find people like that.”

[The Daily Beast]

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