Kyoko Chan Cox, who was once thought to be the biological daughter of Yoko Ono’s second husband, Tony Cox, has finally made her voice heard about the controversial adoption that took place in the late 1970s and raised questions about her and her sister’s legitimacy as Ono’s children.
The Life Of A Pop Icon
Kyoko Chan Cox was born in 1960, the year before her father, John Lennon, and her mother Yoko Ono started a relationship. The pair had met in London while Lennon was on tour with the Beatles.
Kyoxko grew up knowing she had siblings but didn’t find out until later in life that they were actually her half-siblings from her mother and stepfather because of an affair with Anthony Cox.
She said she felt like a spare part for many years before finally feeling accepted when she saw how much John loved his son Sean.
Who Was Dad?
Kyoko Chan Cox is a once-lost daughter of Yoko Ono, the Japanese artist who is best known for her work as a peace activist. In an interview with The Guardian she speaks candidly about her difficult childhood and shares how she finally found her way back to Yoko.
I was so happy that I had been asked to do this, says Kyoko in the interview, but at the same time I felt like somebody had just punched me in the stomach. She then realised that it was because she had always wanted to have this experience with her mum but couldn’t because they were estranged.
Life as an Orphan
When I was six years old, my mother died in childbirth. The doctor told my father he should stop working, take care of me and the baby. He did not agree. My father remarried and had five children from that marriage. When I was 16, I came to the United States and pursued a modeling career. It was when I was in New York City for a photo shoot that my sister found me through an ad in the paper that had my name on it as Yoko Ono’s daughter.
I always felt like she didn’t want me, said Cox about her mother, who died when she was six years old.
It is extremely difficult to grow up without any family or friends, she said. It has been really hard. I am very independent now, but at first I thought my life was over. I couldn’t imagine going back to Japan with this secret, but how could I live without telling anyone? She’s just out for money.
Kyoko Chan Cox, the only daughter of Yoko Ono and Tony Cox, was found by her birth mother in Japan more than thirty years after she was adopted. Now that she has finally reunited with her family, she is speaking out about what it means to have a second chance at life.
I never thought I would be able to find my mother, she said in an interview with the BBC. For someone who had been adopted – you can’t help but think they’ll find you one day.
Kyoko also explained how her parents’ separation left her feeling lost as a child.
Moving Forward In Life
Kyoko Chan Cox was born on February 9th, 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. She was the daughter of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The two had a brief affair in late 1968 before John left for India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Kyoko only saw her father one other time when he visited with his family for a few hours in 1975 when she was 13 years old. Her mother told her that it would be best if she not see her father again so that he could focus on his own life and family.
She never heard from him again but always wondered about him. Kyoko felt abandoned by both of her parents as they seemingly pushed her away in order to live their own lives. In 2002, she found out that she was actually the biological child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, after she contacted them requesting a DNA test which revealed that there is 99% probability they were related.
He also said It’s like being someone who says I don’t want anything to do with my dad, Kyoko responded back saying: I am someone who has nothing to do with my dad.
The Future Looks Bright
Kyoko Chan Cox is Yoko Ono’s once-lost daughter. Growing up, she was a regular kid with a normal home life. She would go to school and play with friends like any other child.Little did she know that this was just the beginning of an arduous journey through life full of pain and sorrow as she struggled to find herself and learn who she really was. As she grew older, it became increasingly difficult for her to keep living under her false identity and secret of not knowing who her mother was or where she lived.
The only thing stopping Kyoko from discovering the truth about herself was fear. I am afraid, says Cox. I don’t want my whole world to change. Eventually, though, fear couldn’t stop her anymore. After countless sleepless nights spent wrestling with demons (both real and imagined), one day it suddenly dawned on Kyoko that there were two sides to every story–her dad’s side, which said he loved his kids more than anything else in the world; and her mom’s side, which said he never loved them enough–and maybe both were true.