‘I’m in touch every day’: Julian Lennon helped his mother through a tough year

Most people are quick to compare Julian Lennon to his father, in particular when it come to his facial features. The younger Lennon says they’re missing something — likely the result John Lennon’s fame.

“I actually think that I look like a good cross between mum and my dad, really,” Lennon says in this Rockline interview. “To be honest with you, I have got a lot of mum’s traits.”

The truth is, the Beatle’s absence created an intense, life-long bond for the youngster with the former Cynthia Powell, who was an art student when she met John Lennon. She and the soon-to-be-quite-famous pop star were married in 1962. There was reportedly no honeymoon, as Lennon had a show that night at Chester’s Riverpark Ballroom.

Julian’s birth followed in 1963, but by 1968 his parents had divorced. The elder Lennon would marry Yoko Ono, while Cynthia was married to Roberto Bassanini, John Twist and — most recently — Noel Charles, with whom Julian was very close. Charles died earlier this year.

“It’s been difficult for her,” says the very-busy Julian, “but she’s pulling through. I’m in touch with her almost every day, making sure she’s OK. And I see her as often as I possibly can. It’s a hard one, that — losing anybody. She was married to him for 10 years, but I had actually known him for 30. I actually introduced them; I was the matchmaker.”

Lennon started his musical career in the early 1980s, and has more recently taken up photography. His solo album Everything Changes recently enjoyed U.S. release, while his work in pictures is the subject of a new documentary called Through the Picture Window. A newly announced appearance at SXSW in 2014 could also lead to a short American tour, he says.

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