Julian Lennon says that his rocky relationship with his superstar dad is the reason he’s reluctant to have children of his own. Now 48, Julian was just five years old when dad John split from his mother Cynthia, and he says he rarely saw his father during his childhood.
“He was young and didn’t know what the hell he was doing. That’s the reason I haven’t had children yet,” Julian said in a recent interview. “I didn’t want to do the same thing. No, I’m not ready. I want to know who I am first.”
Reflecting on his relationship with his parents, Julian says he didn’t feel loved by his dad. “Mum was more about love than dad. He sang about it, he spoke about, but he never really gave it, at least not to me as his son,” he lamented.
John had another son, Sean, with Yoko Ono and Julian says he always felt neglected in comparison to how the ex-Beatle treated his younger child. “I remember thinking, when Dad gave up music for a couple of years to be with Sean, ‘Why couldn’t he do that with me?’ Those thoughts haunted me for a time,” he said.