Julian Lennon regrets not knowing his father better: 'Our relationship was few and far between'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 1) — English musician and photographer Julian Lennon, son of the late The Beatles member John Lennon, regrets not knowing his father better.

This, as he admitted that he had a "few and far between" relationship with the much-celebrated music legend, who left him and his mother when he was a child.

"I guess the sad thing about it, the more we were getting to know each other in my late teens when he was taken away, the regret of not being able to get to know him better. ... But I kind of grew through his music," he told CNN Philippines in an interview.

While he was "hurt" when his father "abandoned" them, Julian said he had learned to forgive along the way.

"He left my mother and I. We survived on our own without real support from him," he said.

"In order to move forward you have to find forgiveness on every level, otherwise, the pain won't go away. And to live life like that is a sad situation and I didn't wanna do that," he added.

Despite their uneasy relationship, Julian attributes his passion for music and his other endeavors to John Lennon.

Asked about the greatest lesson he learned from his father, Julian said "I think it has to be probably believing in yourself, and your passion and your drive, and stick to it."

"Don't let the buggers get you down, keep the drive, keep the passion alive and learn from every situation to make the world better and better," he added.

How was it like being John Lennon's son?

Some may think that being the son of a Beatles member is a big advantage. In Julian's case, however, it was not.

Julian shared about how it was growing up knowing that his father had such a stature.

"My mother moved a lot, we'd have to go to new schools all the time and it was quite an uncomfortable thing because I have always been a relatively shy kid, I still am to a degree," he recounted.

"We would go to new schools and I would be introduced as John Lennon's son which is not the greatest way to move forward, of me to make true and real friends. That wasn't great, but obviously I recognized my condition whatever that was," he added.

This, along with other life lessons, still helps him as he continuously discovers himself.

"I'm still discovering myself. ... It took quite a few albums to discover my own style, vocally and song-wise, writing, the feels of the songs, the arrangement of the songs ... the outlook and the emotions and the views of the songs ... that took many many years it was a good 20 years of discovery," he said.