John Lennon divorced his first wife, Cynthia Lennon, in 1968, after an acrimonious split that history pegs to the Beatle meeting and falling for Yoko Ono. But according to a 1976 letter from Lennon himself, that's not the case.
The newly surfaced letter addressed to Cynthia is one of two written by John Lennon about the end of his first marriage that RR Auction is currently selling (bidding ends Aug. 9). The other is an open letter to magazine editors; both were written by the former Beatle on Nov. 15, 1976 on Lenono Music letterhead. The first letter begins with a scornful observation.
“As you and I well know, our marriage was over long before the advent of L.S.D. or Yoko Ono … and that's reality!,” he wrote in a sentence that ends with a comment taken directly from his song “God.” Lennon then recalls her statements on how many times they took LSD (“you seem to have forgotten subsequent trips altogether!”) and the time she asked him to remarry her and have another child (“I politely told you no”) while he was temporarily separated from Ono. He then said that he didn't blame her for trying to cut herself away from the Beatles, but suggested she “should try to avoid talking to and posing for magazines and newspapers!”