While Yoko continued her
art work and exhibitions, Tony watched over Kyoko. The Cox family moved to New
York and then to England in 1965. In 1968, Kyoko's life changed when Yoko left the family to be with
John Lennon and by 1969, Tony and Yoko were divorced. Tony had custody of Kyoko until Yoko married John when she wanted Kyoko
in her care and got custody. Tony remarried to Melinda Kendall. From 1969 to 1971, Yoko and Tony were involved in a major
custody battle. Tony had attempted kidnapping Kyoko and they flew off to Majorca, where he was arrested for a few days. In 1971, the custody battle was
still unsolved when Tony took Kyoko and vanished in Houston Texas, Melinda's hometown. In 1972, Tony, Melinda, and
Kyoko were involved in a cult called the Church of the Living Word (also known as Walk), living between Iowa and California.
By 1977 Tony and Kyoko left the cult after his divorce from Melinda. Kyoko was an associate producer of "Vain Glory" which
was produced by Tony about his invovement with the cult. In 1977, Tony enrolled Kyoko as Ruth Holman at Walter Reed Junior
High in North Hollywood, California
and during this year, Kyoko contacted Yoko briefly. In 1980, during the aftermath of John Lennon's death, Kyoko sent
her mother a sympathy telegram. In the late 1980s, Tony spoke to People magazine that Kyoko is now a young adult
and if she wants to contact her mother, it's her choice. The story reached Yoko who published a public letter, written directly
All these years there has not been one day I have not missed you. You are always in my heart. However,
I will not make any attempt to find you now as I wish to respect your privacy. I wish you all the best in the world. If you
ever wish to get in touch with me, know that I love you deeply and would be very happy to hear from you. But you should not
feel guilty if you choose not to reach me. You have my respect, love and support forever.
Many false confessions
emerged but in 1997, Kyoko called her mother and Yoko knew that this was indeed her daughter. Mother and daughter reunited
and Kyoko met her half brother, Sean. The family is now close and Kyoko remains in touch with her father. Kyoko is now a teacher,
married to a lawyer named Jim with two children (one is named Emi, born in 1997 and a son) and remains living in a low profile.
1986- Vain Glory