May Pang - The Former Girlfriend of John Lennon

May Pang - The Former Girlfriend of John Lennon

The world was shocked when John Lennon died thirty years ago December 8, 1980.

Today he is considered a legend, an icon - music and peace - plus a husband, father and a lover.

I can see how he loved Yoko Ono through all the videos, images and photographs and the interviews with Yoko Ono - about the life they shared together.

The love story between John Lennon and Yoko Ono was an open book. It was a nice love story to my mind. However not many people know about the story between May Pang and John Lennon.

May Pang is another woman whom John Lennon had a relationship with. John Lennon called it "The Lost Weekend".Their story was shared by May Pang through her books and interviews.

May Pang and John Lennon - Books written

May Pang and John Lennon - The Lost Weekend

I want to look at the other woman aside from Yoko Ono who was linked to him - May Pang. In his life John Lennon was married twice - to Cynthia Powell - Lennon and Yoko Ono. May Pang came in between the two love stories

I read all the things that was written in the Internet -- that is the basis of this hub, plus the interview with May Pang. My dad is a fan of the Beatles and I am a fan of John Lennon until now.

Happy Christmas - War is Over - one of the best song of John Lennon

Imagine - John Lennon song - peace activist

John Lennon - His Achievements

In memory of John Lennon's 30th death anniversary, lest we forget about his message of peace.

As if we still don't know that John Lennon is :

  • named by Rolling Stone as the fifth greatest singer of all time
  • named top 8th Greatest Britons - a survey conducted by the BBC in 2002
  • sold almost 15 million singles in the US, he is responsible for the 27 considered Top 100 list in the US charts
  • recognized and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

The Relationship of May Pang and John Lennon

The relationship between May Pang and John Lennon started in 1973 and lasted for 18 months. To many who loved John Lennon, the fans were happy because it was during that time that John Lennon reconciled with his son Julian (son from his first marriage with Cynthia Powell - Lennon) whom he was estranged. May Pang was given the credit for it. Furthermore May Pang became friends with the Beatles gang again during that time as they all lived together in an apartment. May Pang are friends with Paul McCartney, Ringo et al until now.

May Pang and John Lennon

The Lost Weekend - May Pang and John Lennon

Who is May Pang?

May Pang was born in New York, USA in 1950. Her parents immigrated to the US from China. She has a sister and an adopted brother. She attended college and worked as personal assistant to John and Yoko when she was 20 years old. The year was 1970 and she wanted to become a model at first, but later on worked in the music industry. Then, she met John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Looking at her photos, I reckon she is beautiful and young. She is smart, artistic and charming according to interviews about her.

May Pang wrote two books about her romantic relationship with John Lennon entitled :

  1. Loving John (Warner, 1983)
  2. plus a photograph kind of book - Instamatic Karma (St. Martins, 2008).

They had a relationship after Yoko Ono and John Lennon were having problems and decided to break up. According to the interview with May Pang, Yoko knew about them and that she called them everyday. Plus it was Yoko Ono's idea that John go out and be happy.

May Pang shared that they lived together for 18 months until Yoko and John got back together again.

May Pang's favorite album of John Lennon was "Walls and Bridges". They shared an apartment with other Beatles members. Until he died John Lennon communicated with May Pang and remained good friends and it was said that May Pang and John's first wife - Cynthia are much closer than Yoko and the first wife.

May Pang married after that and has two children.

She will always be a part of John Lennon's life John Lennon died while still married to Yoko Ono. John and Yoko had a son together, Sean Lennon.


This hub is dedicated to John Lennon for his songs which inspired most of us, thank you for reading!

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Comments 49 comments

Kerry43 6 years ago

lovely tribute:)


the fix 6 years ago

I had no idea about May Pang! Interesting stuff.

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AlexK2009 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I liked this. Thanks.

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CrazyMark 6 years ago

Hi, K! Who is May Pang?

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

May Pang was a beautiful young lady and was a good companion for John when Yoko "kicked him out of the house" (as John put it). The lost weekend lasted a year and a half, but it was a pretty productive time for John. May Pang is certainly deserving of mention as an important person in his life. A nice tribute.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Wow Maita , I never knew about this woman. Sadly I remember the day when John Lennon died very well. I was watching that Monday Night Football game when Howard Cosell made the announcement. All of us in the room went completely silent. John Lennon and the Beatles are part of the soundtrack of my early life.

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genwriter 6 years ago from Singapore

John is truely a legend and this hub is a nice tribute to him and his love. I didn't know May Pang was his companion..nice hub :)

Rated it and following you. Looking forward for your hubs. Don't forget to check my hubs too :)

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anglnwu 6 years ago

I didn't know about May Pang until now. Lovely hub.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I also didn't know about may Pang. Nice tribute to John.

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate Maita: Welcome back nice to see you writing again. This is a nice tribute and well written Ate. I never got into the who's who of the Beatles, but I enjoyed their music as a matter of fact I grew up with it. May Pang had very little written about her, but there are some old archive photos of her and John together if one is willing to dig.

KUYA Dave.

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Ingenira 6 years ago

Interesting true story. I think I should get the book May Pang wrote to learn more about their story.

BTW, I like your new and cute avatar... :)

mtsi1098 6 years ago

Interesting topic as I am a Beatles fan but never knew of May Pang...I enjoyed the reading though, thanks...hope all is well

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andromida 6 years ago

It's a wonderful love story.I had no previous idea about Lennon's love affair with May Pang.In my country Lennon has many fans and has inspired many youngsters in the band music industry.Thanks :)

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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Terrific hub. I never knew about May Pang, either, and I really liked John Lennon's song "Imagine". I was a Beatles fan from way back. Thanks for a great hub!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

@paradise, how are you, now you know about her. I think she is a nice lady. Maita

hi Andromida, Do you like his songs too?

hi mtsi, now you also know about her, I think she was a good gf to John, most of writings about her are positive. I am fine BTW, and how about you?

hi Ingenira, thanks re : avatar, and you can buy the book at

hi Kuya Dave, thanks and how are you with Ate Myrlin, wishing you well!

Hi Pam, now you also know about her, almost all of us are a fan of his. Thanks,

Hi angel, nice to see you here again,

hi genrwriter, thanks for the lovely comment.

Hi Tony, I know you are a fan of music and no wonder you are a fan of his too, like everybody else, thanks and good am.

Mike, you summarized what May Pang did and who she is with regards to John Lennon, Thanks for dropping by, Maita

thanks Alexk2009

Hi the fix, thanks for the read

Hi kez, thanks for dropping by,

Thank you all guys, Maita

mtsi1098 6 years ago

doing well and staying out of trouble...I think anyway...thanks - bill...btw the way 1300 followers is amazing...great job

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks mtsi, it is always great to see you here, Happy football weekend, or hockey LOL, Maita

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A wonderful tribute to May Pang and John Lennon.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Thank you Maita. I never knew. God bless you Dear Maita!

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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

Wow, this is the first time I've ever heard about May Pang. It seems like he had a thing for Asian women. Darn it! I wish he had stayed alive long enough to meet me lol :)

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Om, hmm yes of course. Me first then you Om, LOL. Although he might like them Chinese or Japanese better.

thanks hello

@Mick, thanks for reading and good to see you here again,

mtsi1098 6 years ago

looks like another congrats is in order for the 100 hubscore...thanks for the forum post...

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi mtsi, thanks, I got that 100 six months ago, its ok, thanks thanks and thanks, Maita

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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

This is actually a nice tribute to John Lennon - done in such a creative way. I remember hearing about May Pang but only briefly.

Thanks for such a well done and sensitive hub.

Rated up!

SilverGenes 6 years ago

One rarely hears about May Pang but I do remember years ago, hearing Yoko Ono speak about this time. She said that she had chosen May for John because he should not be alone during this volatile time in his life. This is my era, too, and it was not uncommon for people to be open in how they solved difficulties in relationships. I've always admired Yoko Ono, and even more so because of this. In her way, she is as much a legend as her beloved John.

TattoGuy 6 years ago

Great tribute to the greatest songwriter that ever lived, I am a massive John Lennon fan. Cheers for all your Facebook thumbs up as well my friend, loves ya loads xox

TattoGuy 6 years ago

Great tribute to the greatest songwriter that ever lived, I am a massive John Lennon fan. Cheers for all your Facebook thumbs up as well my friend, loves ya loads xox

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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Hi Maita - I think May Pang was good for John. She seems to have been accepting of life and naturally happy, two characteristics that would have ameliorated his tendency to depression. There's something about Asian women ;)

Have a good New Year!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Yes, but Dave Yoko is an Asian woman too. Thanks. Maita

Thanks everyone for commenting. I appreciate it. Maita

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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Yes, I'd noticed :)

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Wow, this was a great chapter in Lennon's life. He had the relationship with May Pang with Yoko's knowledge. There was a rumour that she may have even deliberately set Pang up with John Lennon so as to keep a closer eye on him. That is according to a TV show about her on British TV. I suppose the books are the best authority on the subject. I am glad Lennon got back with Yoko.

John Lennon really liked Asian ladies! This is a great hub, Maita! :)

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hubby7 6 years ago from Chicago

Imagine that! I never heard anything about May Pang before I read your hub, PDH. Thanks for sharing.

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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Maita - cool hub! I remember May Pang , how she'd show up in pictures of John Lennon. Wasn't this when he was out boozing it up with Harry Nilsson? I bet it was not always a picnic for her and hopes she is making some money off her books.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Great Hub, and now I'm reminded that I have several books about The Beatles that I ought to look at again.

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Very interesting and something I knew very little about. Thanks for the May Pang former John Lennon read. :) Katie

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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US Author

Thanks everyone! I appreciate all your comments!

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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

I didn't know about May Pang. Thanks for writing about this. It makes me want to know more about this part of John's life. I feel the world might be a better place if John Lennon were still alive. I think he would have had a strong impact on making changes.

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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hi prettydarkhorse! I did not know about May Pang either. Great Hub. I´m a fan of John Lennon as well.

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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US Author

Thanks Stork for your comments

@Thelma, we are all a fan of John Lennon, he is a great singer with deep sympathy for the world! Take care!!

THAT Mary Ann 5 years ago

Very interesting...I didn't know any of this but am glad to know...not that it is surprising. There are probably another 100 May Pangs around the globe! Voted up!

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rembrandz 5 years ago from Dubai Media City

Hey there prettydarkhorse

How are you after a long time.

Wow lovely piece of information. Being a fan of the beatles! I truely enjoyed it.

Promise I'll get more regular with my hubtivities and visit your many more interesting hubs...Life gets in the way. :o/

Truth from truth 5 years ago

Great hub, I always enjoy your writing.

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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Fascinating - I always wonder about the back stories and where people end up. Thank you for the chapter update. I learned allot.

Always enjoy your writings - you do have a gift.

Thank you for giving to us.

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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

She sounds interesting , Maita. I enjoyed reading this hub. Your hubs are always great. Have a sweet day. :)

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prettydarkhorse 4 years ago from US Author

Thanks everyone. Astra, have s sweeter day!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow lovely tribute. All my votes :)

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

wow, good hub, i never knew he had may pang as another woman, but Yoko was a terrific woman too.,

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