May Pang spoke out on their 18-month affair in an unearthed, candid interview, setting the record straight on the relationship she shared with John Lennon a few years into his marriage to Yoko Ono.
John Lennon’s now famous “lost weekend” with May Pang was the subject of much attention and speculation from The Beatles fans back in the early 1970s, when he left his home with wife Yoko Ono in New York to set up house with their assistant May Pang in Los Angeles. Having first met Ono in 1966, Lennon married the avant-garde artist three years later. However, by 1973, the couple’s relationship had problems.
Ono has since recalled how the intensity of their partnership and the constant vitriol they faced from The Beatles fans — who largely blamed her for the break-up of the band — left her “needing space”.
It was at this point that John, with his wife’s knowledge, embarked on a year-and-a-half romance with their assistant, Pang, whom Ono described in a 2012 interview with The Telegraph as “a very intelligent, attractive woman and extremely efficient”.
Asked if there was any truth to rumours her relationship with John continued as late as 1977, she replied: “Our relationship lasted 10 years, from 1970 – 80.”