Cynthia Lennon's final radio interview: 'I was aware of John's jealousy - but not his violence'
By Zoe Shenton
3 April 2015
Cynthia, who passed away earlier this week following a short cancer battle, said living with John was like "living on a knife edge"
John and Cynthia in New York in February 1964
In one of Cynthia Lennon's last interviews, the Beatles star's first wife gave a candid insight into their relationship and John's behaviour.
Cynthia, who passed away earlier this week after a short battle with cancer, met John at art school in Liverpool in 1957 and the couple married just before Beatlemania transformed her husband from a jobbing musician into one of the most famous men in the world.
The pair then married in 1962 and had son Julian the following year.
Speaking to presenter Alex Belfield in a radio interview in 2007 , Cynthia revealed she would have to deal with his mood swings.
"It was like living on a knife edge," she admitted.
"I don't think I ever drew the real John out. I don't think he ever got over the tragedy of his mother. Most of his life was a bit of an act.
She added: "He was very, very jealous and very possessive and I was aware of his jealousy - but not his violence."
She then went on to describe the moment John hit her while they were in college.
"He just smacked me across the face and I hit my head against a pipe."
John and Cynthia on their way to the airport in May 1965
She broke up with him before getting back together three months later.
"It was the first and last time he lifted a finger to me," she continued.
The star also spoke about the pair's divorce, which came just a year before John married Yoko.
Before they split, John drunkenly confessed that he had been involved with other women during their marriage, according to John Lennon: A biography.
Shortly after that, in May 1968, John told Cynthia to take a holiday in Greece with her friends. When she returned earlier than expected she discovered John and Yoko Ono at their Surrey home together.
Cynthia went onto marry three more times.
At London Airport before a flight to New York in February 1964