By her own admission, [Freda] Kelly was something of “an innocent” when she started working for the Beatles. “I was Miss Gullible. I was an Irish Catholic who went straight from the Girl Guides into the music business. I didn’t know anything about anything.”
It was Lennon who explained to her that her boss Epstein was gay. At the time, homosexuality was still illegal. “I remember saying to John: ‘I can’t make him out. There’s something about him.’ And he started laughing. He explained it to me in really simple terms. He said: ‘Put it this way, if you and he were the last people on a desert island, you’d be safe.’
As their celebrity grew, so did their fanbase. Lennon had been married since 1962 to a girl he met while a student at Liverpool College of Art. Although Cynthia Lennon’s existence was known of by the other members of the band, Brian Epstein insisted that the marriage and her later pregnancy (her son Julian was born in 1963) remained a secret so as not to alienate female fans. Although generous and loyal, Epstein was renowned for a ferocious temper. No one wanted to upset him. Kelly found it “really hard because a friend of mine was going out with John Lennon at the time and I couldn’t say anything. Another girl I knew who was a big John Lennon fan, she said to me, ‘I know he’s married and he’s got a baby daughter’. I looked away and I said: ‘He hasn’t got a baby daughter’ because at least that was true. I just knew you didn’t say things.
Freda Kelly, talking about John Lennon’s infidelity, and Brian Epstein