Kyoko Chan Cox is a famous American personality best known as the daughter of Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox. Both of her parents are famous Hollywood stars. Her father is an American film producer and art promoter while her mother is a Japanese multimedia artist and musician. Kyoko’s mom and dad were married for six years but unfortunately, they faced a lot of downfalls in their relationship and ended up getting a divorce. The child was only 6 years old at the time
Did you know that following the split, Kyoko’s father took her away from her mother? She was not seeing Yoko until she was in her mid-30s. Let’s dive in and get insights into the tragic life of Kyoko Chan Cox.
Kyoko Chan Cox’s Parents Split When She Was Only 6
Kyoko Chan Cox was born on August 8, 1963, in Tokyo, Japan. His parents were already a renowned Hollywood couple at the time of her birth. She didn’t spend much time in Japan as her parents moved to New York, USA shortly after her birth.
Kyoko is currently 59 years old, and as for her ethnicity and nationality, she is of Asian descent and currently resides in the United States. She was raised in a household that valued creativity and self-expression. She grew up surrounded by music and art and developed a love for both at a very young age.
The now 59-year-old celebrity kid grew up with both of her parents only till she was 5 when her parents ended their marriage. They officially got a divorce in 1969. Afterward, Kyoko was raised by her father alone in the United States. She attended Walter Reed Junior High School in North Hollywood, California.
Does She Have a Sibling?
Kyoko is the only child of Yoko and Anthony together. However, after calling it quits, the songstress tied the knot with English singer John Lennon. The husband-wife duo welcomed an adorable child, Sean Lennon, together. That means Kyoko has a half-sibling and he is 12 years younger than her. Her brother Sean is now a successful American-British musician, songwriter, and producer. He has worked with several renowned music bands including Black Lipps and the Plastic Ono Band.
Kyoko Chan Cox Ran Away From Mother Yoko Ono
In December 1971, Kyoko Chan Cox, with her father Anthony Cox, ran away from her mother Yoko Ono. Nobody knew where they were or whether were they even alive or not. Despite Yoko and John’s considerable resources and efforts, they couldn’t find out the whereabouts of the father and daughter.
Anthony had taken Kyoko when she was just 8 years old and vanished from Yono’s life. Reports suggest that Anthony took Kyoko away because he thought that he will lose the custody battle over his daughter. At that time, Yoko’s husband, John was a very wealthy and powerful individual while Anthony was just a starting film producer. So, he felt that Lennon would use his power to take his daughter away from him. Thus, Anthony took several drastic measures to get away from the eyes of Yoko and John. He even changed his and his daughter’s names.
Kyoko Chan Cox Used to Live in a Cult
After running away from Yoko and John, Anthony sought refuge with a friend from the Church of the Living Word, a pseudo-Christian cult known as The Walk. He married a new wife Melinda there and used to live in the cult with his spouse and daughter.
Anthony received great honor in the cult and became a prominent member but later in 1978, he left the cult. However, his wife denied to leave the cult at the time and the couple ended up getting a divorce.
Anthony and Kyoko only revealed themselves when John was murdered on December 8, 1980.
Her Stepfather was Brutally Murdered
On 8 December 1980, Kyoko’s stepfather, John Lennon was shot to death. The killer Mark David Chapman was a Beatles fan and he was reportedly inspired by the fictional character Holden Caulfield from the novel, The Catcher in the Rye. He was planning to kill John for months.
He met John at the Dakota and later signed up to work together for the album Double Fantasy. When John and Yono went for a recording session, Chapman approached the entrance of the building and shot John with five bullets. He was 40.
She Met Her Mother Only After Getting Married
Although Kyoko had already revealed herself, she didn’t show up face-to-face even after that. She only sent a telegram to her mom expressing condolences on John’s death.
She only met Yoko after she engaged in a marital relationship. She got married to a lawyer, Jim Helfrich, and then finally decided to meet her mom. She was 34 at the time.
She told a publication,
“I didn’t feel it right for me to become a mother without at least letting my mother know that I’m alive and well.”
Kyoko and Jim were married for two decades and welcomed two adorable children John David Helfrich and Emi Ono Helfrich throughout their marriage. However, due to some unknown reason, they called it quits on January 18, 2018.
What Does Kyoko Chan Cox Do For Living?
Kyoko Chan Cox started working as an associate producer in her dad’s project when she was 24. She has since contributed to a lot of Anthony’s projects. As per the report, she has also previously worked as a teacher. Besides, she has appeared in several documentaries such as Vain Glory, The Beatles Anthology, Bed Peace, and 3 Days in the Life.
Kyoko Chan Cox’s Net Worth
Being a daughter of Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox, Kyoko Chan Cox has likely inherited a significant portion of her parents’ wealth. Her mother has an estimated net worth of $700 million while the net worth of her father is yet to be revealed. Kyoko has achieved a pretty successful career in the film industry and has contributed to her own personal net worth.
Kyoko hasn’t revealed her earnings and expenses to the public but we can see her mom spending a massive fortune on charity. Yoko has founded and organized the Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park, honoring her late husband John. She is also the creator of Wish Tree, Arising, Skylanding, and Refugee Boat.
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