“Nora has Alzheimer’s… I am her full-time carer and I won’t let anyone mess up with her head. For me the real person is still there. That person I love is still there every minute of every day and that is my life. It’s unfortunate that she forgets things, well, don’t we all?”
Best known as Sex Pistols punk band’s frontman Johnny Rotten, the 64-year-old John Lydon revealed to The Mirror his softer side as he spoke about his 78-year-old wife Nora Forster, a German publishing heiress, wed in 1979.
“It gets worse and worse, bits of the brain store less and less memory and then suddenly some bits completely vanish. It’s quite amazing as the alleged experts we have had to deal with at enormous expense have said that they have been very impressed that she never ever forgets me, we are constantly there with each other — in her mind — and that bit won’t go,” he said.
Johnny first disclosed his wife’s struggles with dementia during a radio interview in 2018. At the time, he said that she was in the “mid-stages of Alzheimer’s.” Today, he points out that Nora will never go into a care home in Los Angeles where they now live, despite the strain of her illness, which has been magnified by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Why pay for professionals to work on this when I think the message is a bit of love goes a long way. I am under lockdown anyway because I am her full-time carer. I don’t need to go out and socialise with buttholes,” Johnny said.