Julian Lennon and his many reasons to be angry. In this interview tells about money, manipulation, John and Yoko
Julian decleard: “I love Sean very much. He’s a very smart kid. But I do think there are things done without his knowledge. Someone in the camp could be manipulating events.If I’m in New York, I try to see Sean,” says Julian. “If I move, I always give him my new number. I call him from time to time, but I never get a return call. I think it’s to do with the difference in our ages. The last thing he’s thinking about is his older brother.”
He has also admitted jealousy of Sean, 36, saying: “I remember thinking, when Dad gave up music for a couple of years to be with Sean, “Why couldn’t he do that with me?” Those thoughts haunted me for a time.”
“I have to say that, from my point of view, I felt he was a hypocrite. Dad could talk about peace and love out loud to the world but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him: his wife and son. How can you talk about peace and love and have a family in bits and pieces – no communication, adultery, divorce? You can’t do it, not if you’re being true and honest with yourself.”
He added that he had to control the aggression he inherited from his father: “The darker side definitely comes from Dad. Whenever I get too aggressive, which comes from Dad’s side, I try to calm myself down, be more positive.”
So, while Sean and Yoko enjoy an inheritance of £200 million, Julian is believed to have received £20 million in 1996.
But he has always said the thing that hurt most was Yoko did not allow him to keep any of his father’s possessions. He has since bought back items from auction houses, including the postcards his father sent him from around the world.
‘The irony isn’t lost on me that I am using his money to buy back his things,’ he said, when he exhibited some of the memorabilia he collected.
In the original divorce settlement, Julian was to receive £2,400 a year in maintenance and to inherit a £50,000 trust fund when he was 25. After a long legal wrangle, he secured a further settlement from the estate in 1996, the details of which he is forbidden to discuss. “No,” he says, “I don’t think it was necessarily fair, but I’m OK. The last thing I wanted was a court battle because there’s much more money on the estate side than my side.
“A court case could have gone on for five years. The slanderous remarks would have been horrific. There would not have been a private life for either Sean or me. I just wanted to resolve it, to get the hell out of there; a chapter in my life finished, over with.”
After a series of perceived snubs, Julian wrote on his Facebook page: ‘Wow . . . Snubbed at Macca’s Wedding, Snubbed at the Anniversary of ‘LOVE’ in Vegas! (A Beatles Cirque de Soleil-themed show) Snubbed at Macca’s wedding reception in NYC, last night Snubbed at George Harrison’s Film Premiere . . .
What have I done to be ignored in such a way? I was not invited to ANY of these events . . . I thought WE had a relationship . . . Obviously not . . . Gimme some truth . . . Maybe now it’s time to tell the Truth . . . I & My Mother will NOT be eradicated from History . . . How dare they.’