Julian Lennon Reveals His True Feeling About ‘Hey Jude’
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Julian Lennon has shared his “love-hate” relationship with Beatles classic “Hey Jude.”
You probably know by now that Paul McCartney initially wrote the song as “Hey Jules” in 1968 to comfort five-year-old Julian following his parents John and Cynthia Lennon‘s separation at that time.
On a recent episode of SiriusXM’s Debatable show, Julian said about the events happened in his childhood:
“I wasn’t really aware of what was going on except when I started seeing Yoko [Ono] around.
“Obviously that made a bit of an impact, and apparently I struggled with the separation a great deal at 5. I would have raging moments of being a screaming child – but those moments haven’t stuck with me.”
He explained how he maintained his relationship with his mom Cynthia until her death in 2015.
“For me it has always been about moving forward, protecting Mum the best that I could and making her proud, keeping an eye on her, arms around her, protecting her all the way up until the end. She was my priority.”
Although, the song reminds him an unhappy time in his life, Julian is thankful for the support expressed through the lyrics, and over the years, it has become a part of his personal identity.
“I am thankful to Paul for writing it and putting some hope behind what was to come.”
“The downside of it was it was a dark reminder of what actually went down at that time — the separation.”
Now, Lennon’s upcoming seventh studio album is titled Jude for that reason. He revealed:
“The album allowed me to explain what ‘Hey Jude’ meant to me, because the fact of the matter is it was a love-hate relationship. I thought I had heard it enough.”
He also shared his change of perspective on his late father after watching the recent Beatles documentary series Get Back. He said:
“After watching the documentary there was such pride seeing Dad the way I used to know him as a kid. Remembering him and seeing him being a goofy bastard — but also being such a great writer, performer and singer.”