Yoko Ono has disclosed how she believes her former husband, John
Lennon, is still "helping" her in her various endeavours, 30 years
after his death.
04 Sep 2010
Ono made her comments as she discussed the couple's relationship
during a visit to his childhood home in Liverpool.
The Japanese artist, musician and peace campaigner said she still
felt the spirit of Lennon, who would have turned 70 on October 9, beside her.
She said: ''He was a very sweet and gentle person at home, he would
make an effort and he would say 'love is something you have to water
''I don't know how he knew this but I was lucky to have someone like
that with me.
''I'm doing a lot of things now and I think 'well how am I doing it?'
and I think that John's probably helping me.''
The former Beatle was shot dead outside his New York home in 1980, at
the age of 40.
To mark his birthday Ono first visited Dovedale School in Liverpool,
where she also opened a new Sure Start children's centre.
Lennon attended both infant and junior school there a fact marked
by a handwritten entry detailing his name, address and date of birth
in the school's ledger.
Ono, who was given a rapturous welcome by hundreds of Dovedale
pupils, said she felt ''very emotional'' being at the school because
she said her husband had talked about it many times as it was ''where
She also looked at some of the centre's facilities, including a
sensory room and a walking piano which she donated to the school
after seeing it in the film Big.
After her visit she took a trip to Mendips in Woolton, the
semi-detached family home John shared with his aunt Mimi from 1945 to 1963.
She bought the house in 2003 and donated it to the National Trust so
that it would be preserved in the same state as when Lennon lived there.
Describing her feelings visiting the house, Ono said: ''Each time I
come here I go into John's bedroom and it really makes me choke up
because to know he was actually dreaming in such a small space but
dreaming of the whole world and what he was going to do I'm sure he
knew on some subconscious level."
She said it did not feel like 30 years since her husband's death but
instead ''feels like only yesterday he was here with me''.