Who is Beatles' Hey Jude about? Devastating story behind the song

BEATLES have a huge number of hits out there - but what is the story behind Hey Jude?

PUBLISHED: 21:17, Fri, Aug 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:18, Fri, Aug 14, 2020

The Beatles’ song Hey Jude has become an iconic anthem loved by many. The song is sung everywhere from crowded pubs on New Year’s Eve to football stadiums. However, the story behind the song is pretty sad, with the lyrics being written to cheer up someone very upset.


Hey Jude became iconic for many reasons, one of which is due to the song being the first from the Beatles’ own label, Apple Records.

It was released in 1968 to critical acclaim, but unfortunately, the story of the song is far less joyful.

John Lennon had met Yoko Ono in 1966, and this relationship was becoming very close, much to the chagrin of John’s then-wife, Cynthia.

It was clear Yoko and John were very close, and soon, despite Cynthia having given birth to John’s son Julian in 1963, divorce seemed like the only option for them.

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Paul McCartney with Julian LennonPaul McCartney with Julian Lennon (Image: Getty)

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This came to a head when Cynthia returned home with Julian from a holiday, to find Yoko Ono sitting in their home wearing a robe.

After this, John and Cynthia split, and Cynthia and their son Julian remained at their home in Weybridge.

During this time, Sir Paul McCartney, the main writer of Hey Jude and John’s Beatles songwriting partner, headed down to see Cynthia and the family in light of the break-up.

Sir Paul said in Anthology: “I thought, as a friend of the family, I would motor out to Weybridge and tell them that everything was all right.

“To try and cheer them up,

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