PUBLISHED: 09:07, Tue, Sep 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:07, Tue, Sep 15, 2020
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were together up until the Beatles star was shot outside their apartment building on December 8, 1980. Their marriage was tumultuous and included a short break which is referred to now as The Lost Weekend. But their relationship did not start too well either, especially if you were John’s then-wife, Cynthia.
John and Yoko met at a gallery in London in 1966, a few years before her divorce from jazz musician Anthony Cox and John’s divorce from his wife Cynthia.
At the time, Yoko was putting together an exhibition, which included hammering a nail into a piece of wood in a piece called Hammer a Nail.
It has been reported John wanted to hammer a nail before the gallery was officially open, which Yoko was unhappy about.
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John Lennon - when did he meet Yoko Ono? (Image: Getty)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono backstage (Image: Getty)
She stopped him, forcing him to pay five shillings for the honour, though he reportedly replied: “I’ll give you an imaginary five shillings and hammer an imaginary nail in.”
John spoke about this moment being critical in their relationship which followed in an interview with Playboy in 1980, saying: “That’s when we really met.
“That’s when we locked eyes and she got it and I got it.”
In her own words, Yoko told Darren Camp for his book The John Lennon Conspiracy: “I was very attracted to him. It was a really strange situation.”
Yoko Ono and John Lennon 'bed in' (Image: Getty)
The pair started corresponding together, though their romance didn’t start right away due to their both being married, though