In summer 1973, 23 year old New York native May Pang was working as a personal assistant to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The couple were having marital problems and decided to separate.
Ono suggested to Pang that she should become Lennon’s “companion”. Ono explained that she and Lennon were not getting along, had been arguing and were growing apart and that it was inevitable that he would start to see other women. She pointed out that Lennon had said he found Pang sexually attractive. Pang replied that she could never start a relationship with Lennon as he was her employer and married. Ono ignored Pang’s protests and said that she would arrange everything, soon after Lennon and Pang began a relationship. Ono later confirmed this conversation in an interview.
Lennon and Pang became a full fledged couple and she encouraged him to reach out to old friends and quit drinking. During their relationship Lennon mended his friendship with Paul McCartney and started spending time with his son Julian who he had not seen in years.
Pang and Lennon were making plans to buy a home together when Yoko Ono reached out to John and told him she had a new cure for his smoking habit, soon after this Lennon left Pang and resumed his relationship with Yoko.
John Lennon would often refer to his 18 month relationship with Pang as his “Lost Weekend”