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Beatles wives 'suffer', says Ono

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono married John Lennon in 1969

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has revealed life is "not easy" for women who are associated with The Beatles.

Speaking to Sky News she said: "I think all the wives did suffer, and I think quietly suffer. Suffer but endured, I would actually say."

Referring to Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills' recent divorce settlement, she said she "felt sorry" for Sir Paul.

Ono, 75, added that Mills needed to "do her very best and try to survive".

'Grand dream'

She added: "I'd not just say to her but to Paul too, it's a very difficult situation for any couple to go through, especially for people who are really out in the world and their every movement is being observed."

The Japanese artist and musician revealed she had not spoken with Sir Paul about the breakdown of his marriage as it is a "subject which he probably doesn't want to discuss with other people".

Ono, who married Lennon in 1969, said: "All I can say is it's not very easy for a woman to be associated with The Beatles."

She made the comments during a visit to her late husband's childhood home in Liverpool.

All I can say is it's not very easy for a woman to be associated with The Beatles
Yoko Ono

"When I come here and see John's tiny bedroom it just chokes me up because that's where his grand dream began - and he finally realised what he was dreaming here."

Lennon was shot dead outside his New York apartment by fan Mark Chapman in 1980, who will be considered for parole later this year.

Ono said: "I think that it's a very hard subject for me to deal with.

"All things considered it's very dangerous for him to come out because there's so many people who feel badly about what happened."

But she thinks Lennon's legacy will live on, and said: "I just know that he's going to be an incredibly good energy for the longest time."

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