Piers Morgan's Life Stories
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John Lydon - aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols - talks to Piers Morgan about his remarkable life and career. The punk icon looks back on his controversial rise to fame and notoriety in the band that sent shock waves through the music industry and beyond. He reveals how childhood meningitis affected his memory so severely he was left unable even to recognise his own parents and reflects on the death of bandmate Sid Vicious. Still performing with his band PiL and living in LA, John talks about life, love and whether he has mellowed as he is about to turn 60.
John explains to Piers how he got is nickname Johnny Rotten: “Bad teeth. In my childhood, the only time I saw a toothbrush used was my dad cleaning boots. There was bits missing (in my teeth), all cracked up, I’d avoid the dentist.”
John reveals who gave him the name, saying: “Steve Jones (fellow Sex Pistol), almost immediately on our first meeting. ‘You’re rotten you are.’ I liked it a lot. It was not taking yourself too serious.”
When talking about losing his memory, following a diagnosis of meningitis at the age of seven, John told Piers that he still lives with the fear that he might wake up and not remember who he is. “There’s nothing worse than that. To absolutely not belong to anybody, that’s the ultimate pain.”
John is clearly smitten with his partner Nora, who is 14 years his senior. “We are just made in heaven. We’re so awkwardly different, she’s the best person in the world I’ve ever known,” he told Piers.