In 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono temporarily separated and he began dating the couple’s assistant, May Pang. Over the course of their relationship, she witnessed Lennon’s relationships with his former Beatles bandmates. She was there for some explosive fights including one between Lennon and George Harrison. She explained that the savagery of Harrison’s anger was frightening, even for Lennon.
John Lennon started dating May Pang when he was married to Yoko Ono
After separating from Ono in 1973, Lennon moved out of the couple’s home. Ono has said the split and Lennon’s later relationship with Pang didn’t hurt her.
“The affair didn’t hurt me,” Ono told The Telegraph in 2012. “I needed a break. I needed space.”
Lennon refers to the breakup as his “lost weekend,” when it actually lasted about 18 months. While creatively productive, he also drank heavily and used drugs, which sometimes resulted in destructive behavior. During this time he was busy with Pang.
“I just wanted to treat him like a normal person,” Pang told Variety, adding, “I didn’t want to be his mother, but I acted as his secretary, his personal assistant. I would answer the phones for him. When we got together, I stopped working for him. But I wanted to help him with everyday things. I wanted it to be just me and him.”
May Pang watched George Harrison get angry at John Lennon
Spending time with Lennon meant that Pang also got to know the other members of The Beatles. Once Lennon, Pang and Harrison met at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Pang watched the former bandmates exchange pleasantries, but she said Harrison seemed “nervous.” She said that when Lennon offered to play with Harrison at Madison Square Garden, Harrison suddenly exploded with anger.
“That’s when George’s anger really erupted,” Pang wrote in the book Dear John. “‘Where were you when I needed you!’ he snapped. It was the first in a series of explosions, each followed by moments of tense silence.”
She explained that Harrison grew increasingly angry until he finally told Lennon that he wanted to look him in the eye. Lennon swapped his sunglasses for regular glasses. Apparently that wasn’t enough for Harrison.
“All of a sudden he reached over, ripped John’s glasses off his face and smashed them to the ground,” Pang wrote. “His face was a mask of anger and contempt; I had never seen an angry man. George’s anger even paralyzed John.”
Pang said they stayed in the hotel suite past midnight, but the argument eventually ended.
George Harrison was quick to apologize for his behavior.
The next morning, Harrison regretted his behavior.
“As soon as George saw John, he hugged and kissed him,” Pang wrote. “‘Please forgive me,’ he said. “I wasn’t feeling well last night. I didn’t want to get upset.” It was like last night didn’t exist.”
Although Lennon and Harrison didn’t always get along, they still considered each other family.
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