John and Cynthia Lennon divorce
On November 8th 1968, Cynthia Lennon was granted divorce from John Lennon on the grounds of adultery. Lennon had admitted to a string of affairs over the six years of his marriage to Cynthia.
In May of 1968 John suggested Cynthia go on a holiday to Greece with Donovan and friends, as he'd be busy recording The White Album. Cynthia returned home to find John and Yoko Ono sitting together on her couch in bathrobes.
Cynthia was shocked to discover that John was planning to sue her for divorce on the grounds of adultery and seek custody of their son. In shock, Cynthia began her own divorce proceedings and Cynthia was awarded custody of Julian.
Lennon offered Cynthia a settlement of £75,000, which was eventually raised to £100,000. £25,000 of this amount was to be used to buy a house for Cynthia and Julian. A further £100,000 was set aside for Julian when he reached 21 years of age. But there was a stipulation that if Lennon had any more children the inheritance would be divided; after the birth of Sean Lennon this cut Julian's inheritance to £50,000.
"Throughout this awful, surreal experience I felt humiliated and painfully aware that I was alone. Afterward I fled home and collapsed, sick with apprehension about the future. I had no idea how I would cope and still found it hard to believe that, after ten years together, I had been severed from John's life with a few brief words from a judge in a public court.
I should have hated John for what he had put me through. I was certainly angry with him and bitterly hurt. But I couldn't hate him. Despite everything, I loved him still." - Cynthia Lennon