Yoko Ono Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

9th May 2014

Quote: "I thought he should become an archaeologist or something, that he would find peace in that. But he jumped into music... He could have died spiritually, but he didn't." Yoko Ono was surprised when Sean, her son with the late John Lennon, turned his back on his anthropology studies at Columbia University to become a musician.

12th May 2013

Fact: John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono shocked U.K. chat show host Jonathan Ross by wrapping his upper body and head in bandages in a bid to make him feel "peaceful". The interview aired in Britain on Saturday night (11May13).

20th February 2013

Fact: Yoko Ono spent her 80th birthday on Monday (18Feb13) in Berlin, Germany with her son Sean Lennon and a group of friends. She enjoyed a special breakfast with pals in the morning before heading out to dinner in the city in the evening.

22nd January 2013

Fact: Yoko Ono will celebrate her 80th birthday with a gig in Berlin, Germany. The singer/artist will perform at Volksbuhne with her son Sean Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band on 17 February (13) - on the eve of her latest milestone.

19th September 2012

Tweet: "John Lennon named as @NME's Ultimate Icon. I'm so thrilled! I'm sure he's thrilled, too - up there! Big kiss, yoko". John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is proud of THE BEATLES star's latest posthumous achievement. He was named rock's ultimate icon by editors at British music magazine Nme this week (begs17Sep12), beating former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher into second place.

31st August 2012

Quote: "I just don't want him to look weird when he's 80." Yoko Ono refuses to let her son Sean have a tattoo.

21st June 2012

Fact: Yoko Ono has come with a name for her collaborative project with former Sonic Youth stars Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore - the trio will release material under the name Yokokimthurston. The band's first single, Early in the Morning, was released on Tuesday (19Jun12) and a six-track EP will be released in September (12).

26th March 2012

Quote: "I was smoking until 10 years ago. But society is so down on smoking, everywhere you looked 'you will get cancer'. I thought I would get cancer just by reading that, so I thought I had better stop." Yoko Ono felt pressured by society to kick her nicotine habit.

21st March 2012

Fact: Rockers The Flaming Lips have teamed up with pals like Yoko Ono, Nick Cave and KE$HA to record a special new album for next month's (Apr12) Record Store Day. The band's collaborations will feature on The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends. Coldplay's Chris Martin, Erykah Badu, Jim James and Bon Iver also hit the studio with Wayne Coyne's band to record tracks for the album.

10th February 2012

Tweet: "Dear Paul McCartney at last all four stars shine brightly together. I know John is very happy for you on this special day. Lots of love Yoko." Yoko Ono reaches out to her late husband John Lennon's Beatles bandmate following his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Thursday (09Feb12).

7th July 2011

Tweet: "Happy Birthday Ringo! Peace and Love! lots of love from yoko" John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono wishes Ringo Starr well on his 71st birthday. The former Beatle celebrates his big day on Thursday (07Jul11).

19th April 2011

Quote: "I always thought that I was an important musician. If you don't have that confidence, why would you go on and do it? People accuse artists of being narcissists - of course we are! If we don't like ourselves, who's going to like us?" Yoko Ono has confidence in her abilities as an artist.

14th January 2011

Fact: John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and moviemaker Sam Taylor-Wood have donated their personal artwork to an auction for a British cancer charity. The pieces will be sold off in London on Tuesday (18Jan11) to benefit Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres.

2nd January 2011

Tweet: "We stand on this beautiful planet enjoying the sunrise sunset change of seasons oceans mountains & lovely towns & cities we created together." Yoko Ono greets 2011 with a positive message to her Twitter followers.

26th November 2010

Fact: Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon are participating in a recorded chat about their lives on Friday (26Nov10) as part of America's Listening Day project, which urges people to devote the day after Thanksgiving to talking to loved ones.

3rd November 2010

Quote: "What she's doing is beautiful (but) I don't think I would like to be too near a meat dress." Yoko Ono admires Lady GaGa's style, but wasn't too impressed with her dress made entirely of meat.

24th October 2010

Fact: A plaque paying tribute to late Beatles legend John Lennon has been unveiled by his widow Yoko Ono at the first home the couple shared in London. The blue sign has been placed at the property in the city's Montagu Square, where the pair lived in 1968. Lennon's bandmates Ringo Starr and Paul MCCartney, as well as Jimi Hendrix, also resided at the house at one time.

9th October 2010

Quote: "The world is taking a stand against wars like Iraq and Afghanistan. John would have done that but he'd have loved the new communication media. He would have been writing statements and sending them out to the world as a blogger and a Tweeter." Yoko Ono is convinced her peace-loving husband John Lennon would have used the internet to spread his message.

9th October 2010

Quote: "I don't think that he would have retired; he's not the retiring type." Yoko Ono thinks her late husband John Lennon would still have been a big part of the music industry if he had lived to see his 70th birthday on Saturday (09Oct10).

9th October 2010

Quote: "He would have been very angry about the situation that's going on in the world now and probably would have started to become an activist." Yoko Ono on what her late husband John Lennon would have been doing on his 70th birthday on Saturday (09Oct10) had he survived an assassination in 1980.

22nd September 2010

Fact: Joseph Gordon-Levitt will join Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band for shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on 1 and 2 October (10). Lady GaGa and Iggy Pop will also be a part of the concerts.

14th September 2010

Fact: Yoko Ono has scored her fifth consecutive number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the U.S. with Wouldinit (I'm a Star).

7th August 2010

Quote: "I always knew John Lennon had a very gentle side, otherwise I couldn't live with him. He was always very nice to me. But when Sean was born, he was a totally different person, not just nice. He was so much into bringing Sean up." Yoko Ono insists her late husband, JOHN LENNON, was a changed man after the birth of their only child, Sean Lennon, in 1975.

21st February 2010

Fact: Indie rock couple Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, of Sonic Youth, have formed a new trio with Yoko Ono.

16th November 2009

Quote: "If Britney Spears is walking there (beside me), I think they (fans) would rather go for her than me." John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono ranks her celebrity.

20th October 2009

Quote: "I love wearing high heels, I love wearing silk stockings and I love wearing hot pants. In those three I feel like a Thirties tough girl." Yoko Ono likes to dress up, even at the age of 76.

17th September 2009

Fact: John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is donating $390,000 (£260,000) to the John Lennon Awards Scheme to give scholarships to disadvantaged students attending Liverpool John Moores University in the Beatles legend's hometown.

14th September 2009

Quote: "There are many wonderful memories but that was amazing. It was very cold and at the time I didn't fully appreciate it. But when I think about it now, I feel nostalgic. It was beautiful." Yoko Ono loved the Beatles final concert on the roof of the Apple Building in London in 1969.

4th September 2009

Fact: The London house where John Lennon and Yoko Ono shot their nude cover for the TWO VIRGINS album is set to be given a commemorative plaque. The Beatles legend will be one of only a few people to be honoured twice with a blue plaque, placed on homes or buildings of cultural significance in the U.K. - his childhood Liverpool home also bears the prestigious honour.

19th May 2009

Fact: Antony and the Johnsons star ANTONY HEGARTY will join Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono to play with her supergroup PLASTIC ONO BAND at the Meltdown Festival in London on 14 June (09).

13th May 2009

Quote: "I was a rebel from Japan, and John was a rebel from the U.K. But maybe people had this idea that John was a pop-rock star and I was an Asian woman walking behind him." John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono on the public disapproval of her relationship with the tragic beatle.

2nd April 2009

Quote: "She was the most incredible person, the epitome of the rock star's girlfriend. That's my mission in life, to match her on that one." Yoko Ono fan Lady GaGa is on the hunt for her own John Lennon.

22nd September 2008

Quote: "That to me was like when Matisse turned his back on painting and decided that everything he wanted to say artistically from now on could be said by a few simple shapes cut out of paper. It was as if ELVIS had left Vegas in the 70s and started to play with the punks." Sean Lennon on his late father John Lennon forming THE PLASTIC ONO BAND in 1969 with his widow, Yoko Ono, before the dissolution of THE Beatles.

1st August 2008

Quote: "It was an album of strings of songs seemingly strung in that order for almost no reason. It was hodge-podge in a grand way, showing the state of mind that they were in then. I liked that." John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is still a fan of THE Beatles' White Album.

10th October 2007

Fact: John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono unveiled a tower of light in Iceland on Tuesday (09Oct07), a tribute to mark what would have been the late beatle's 67th birthday. The Imagine Peace Tower in Videy island, near Reykjavik, will shine each year between his date of birth and the anniversary of his death on 8 December. Lennon was assassinated outside his New York apartment in 1980.

27th August 2007

Quote: "Before I go to bed with a man, I'd ask him to show me a recent doctor's certificate, his mother's permission in writing and to sign a confidentiality agreement." Yoko Ono is a high-maintenance lover.

30th July 2007

Fact: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son SEAN is reportedly dating teenage Dolce + Gabbana model CHARLOTTE KEMP. The couple was spotted holding hands while dining at New York's La Goulue restaurant on 19 July (07).

6th March 2007

Fact: The Pet Shop Boys and Basement Jaxx have contributed mixes to a new Yoko Ono tribute album, called OPEN THE BOX. The 14-track album features new versions of the singer/songwriter's hits, like GIVE PEACE A CHANCE and WALKING ON THIN ICE.

19th November 2006

Quote: "They said do what you want, because if we don't like it, no-one will hear it." Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison gave legendary Beatles producer SIR GEORGE MARTIN an ultimatum over new Beatles album, LOVE.

16th November 2006

Fact: The title of Yoko Ono's new album, which features collaborations with THE Flaming Lips, Spiritualized and Peaches, among others, will be called Yes, I'M A WITCH.

4th November 2005

Fact: <p>The late John Lennon and his widow Yoko Ono will join Jay-Z and Mariah Carey among the artists to be honoured by the New York Grammy chapter at the Recording Academy Honours gala on 7 December (05). </p>

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Footage Press Quotes RSS