John Joseph Lydon, famously known as Johnny Rotten, is mourning the loss of his wife, Nora Forster, who passed away at the age of 80 due to complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease. Nora had been living with Alzheimer’s for several years, and Lydon had become her full-time carer in recent times.
Johnny Rotten is a British singer-songwriter who was the lead vocalist of the legendary punk band, the Sex Pistols, which was active from 1975 to 1978. He later founded and fronted the post-punk band, Public Image Ltd (PiL). His outspoken personality, rebellious image, and fashion style made him a figurehead of the punk movement. The Sex Pistols were infamous for their controversial lyrics, and they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.
John’s wife, Forster had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for several years, and Lydon had been her full-time carer during that time. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at John Lydon’s life and career, his relationship with Nora Forster, and pay tribute to her life.
Know About John Lydon’s Wife, Nora Forster
Lydon was married to Nora Forster, a publishing heiress from Germany, for almost 44 years until her death in April 2023. Forster was 14 years older than Lydon, but their age difference did not prevent them from having a happy and loving relationship. They primarily lived in Venice, California, but also had a residence in London.
In 2000, Lydon and Nora became legal guardians of Ari Up’s twin teenage boys. Ari was Nora’s daughter from a previous relationship, and she died of breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 48. Lydon and Nora also became guardians of Ari’s third child after her death.
Nora Forster’s Battle With Alzheimer’s Disease
In 2018, Johnny Rotten revealed that Nora was in the mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He was open about her condition and continued to discuss it in interviews, often stating that he was her full-time carer and would not let anyone mess with her head. In June 2020, he announced that he had become her full-time carer as her condition had been deteriorating. In an interview, he described her condition as “like a permanent hangover for her,” and he would not put her in a care home despite the strain on both their lives.
Johnny Rotten was deeply affected by his wife’s illness and dedicated his time to taking care of her. In a 2020 interview with The Mirror, he said, “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?”
The Passing of Nora Forster
On April 6, 2023, Johnny Rotten shared the sad news of Nora’s death on social media, along with a sweet picture of the couple embracing. In the statement, he called for privacy and respect for his grief and extended heartfelt condolences to Nora from all at PiL Official.
Nora’s passing marks the end of an era for Johnny Rotten and his family. He had been a devoted husband and caretaker for many years, and Nora’s illness had a profound impact on their lives. He had always been open about her condition, and his devotion to her is a testament to their love and commitment to each other.