John Lennon was attracted to the idea of sex with other men but was too “inhibited” to act on those desired according to his widow Yoko Ono.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Ono says that the couple were always very open with each other in their conversations about sexuality.
“John and I had a big talk about it, saying, basically, all of us must be bisexual. And we were sort of in a situation of thinking that we’re not [bisexual] because of society,” Ono said. “So we are hiding the other side of ourselves, which is less acceptable. But I don’t have a strong sexual desire towards another woman.
“I mean, both John and I thought it was good that people think we were bisexual, or homosexual.”
While Ono believes that John had same sex attractions, she says that he never acted on them.
“I think he had a desire to, but I think he was too inhibited.
“No, not inhibited. He said, ‘I don’t mind if there’s an incredibly attractive guy.’ It’s very difficult: They would have to be not just physically attractive, but mentally very advanced too. And you can’t find people like that.”
“The beginning of the year he was killed, he said to me, ‘I could have done it, but I can’t because I just never found somebody that was that attractive.’ Both John and I were into attractiveness—you know—beauty.”
As for the long standing rumours that Lennon had a sexual relationship with former Beatles Manager Brian Epstein, Ono says the she thinks Epstein made a pass at John but nothing happened.