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April 30, 2013

John Lennon’s Rumored Gay Affair With Brian Epstein

Brow Beat is following the Beatles in “real time,” 50 years later, from their first chart-topper to their final rooftop concert. 50 years ago this week, John Lennon went on a holiday to Spain with manager Brian Epstein. Speculation has surrounded… It was at Paul McCartney’s 21st birthday party that John Lennon finally snapped. Rumors had been flying around for months, ever since Lennon’s vacation with Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who was gay. The rest of the band had gone to the Canary Islands, but Lennon, who had met his newborn son only two weeks before, flew with Epstein to Barcelona. “Come on, John, tell me about you and Brian,” Bob Wooler said, as Lennon recalled years later, “We all know.” Before he knew it, Lennon was “beating the shit out of him, hitting him with a big stick,” as Lennon himself later said. Wooler suffered a black eye and bruised ribs, and it could have been worse. “I can kill this guy,” Lennon remembered thinking. Within a few days, the story was among the Beatles’ first national press, in the pages of the British tabloid the Daily Mirror. “I don’t know why he did it. I was booted in the face. I begged him to stop,” Wooler reportedly told the Mirror. Why did Lennon do it? He was known for his fiery temper, and had hit others before, including his wife Cynthia. And he was drunk—the kind of drunk “where you want to drink out of all the empty glasses,” as he put it. But he wasn’t usually this violent. “I must have been frightened of the fag in me to get so angry,” he later explained. What really happened in Spain? The truth is murky, and with Lennon and Epstein both dead, we will probably never know. But it’s not as if no one has spoken about it. Lennon remembers watching Epstein, who was gay, “picking up boys”:

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