Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, died yesterday at her home in Mallorca, Spain. She was 75 years old. Her death was confirmed by her son Julian, who was at her side.
Born Cynthia Powell in 1939, she was accepted into junior art school at age 12 and went on to attend the Liverpool Art College, where she met John in 1957. The two soon began dating and married in 1962 while Cynthia was pregnant with Julian. As the Beatles grew in popularity, manager Brian Epstein urged the couple to keep their marriage a secret out of fear that it would hurt the band’s appeal to young people.
Their relationship became strained as the band’s touring schedules, and John reportedly had multiple affairs during their marriage. Cynthia divorced John in 1968 after discovering his relationship with Yoko Ono.
After her divorce from John, Cynthia worked as a painter and restauranteur. She published two books: a memoir in 1978 and a book about John in 2005.
Cynthia is survived by her son Julian, who posted a video in memory of his mother on his website. You can watch the video below.