John Lydon’s ‘sorrow’ for Royal Family: ‘Poor little birdies trapped in cages’

John Lydon discusses his wife's battle with dementia on GMB

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The former Sex Pistols singer appeared on Good Morning Britain today, and gave a devastating account of his wife Nora’s ongoing battle with Alzheimers. Speaking to hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard, Mr Lydon even teared up as he sent a heartfelt message to Nora. The frontman said: “Sometimes her memory is lethal.

“She can go back 20 years and remember in the greatest detail with complete accuracy.

“For me it’s a journey I have to travel and I’m not going to abandon her.

“I can still see her personality, it still exists, it’s just confused on how to exist.”

Mr Lydon added: “Never give up on people, they’re always there.”

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As the interview ended, the singer looked down the camera and sang to his wife of 45 years: “Tell Nora, I love her.”

The Sex Pistols frontman, who is also known by stage-name Johnny Rotten, has been incredibly outspoken throughout his career and in recent years was vocal in his support for Donald Trump and Brexit.

Mr Lydon when part of the Sex Pistols was also infamously critical of the Royal Family.

The band released a deeply scathing single titled God Save The Queen in 1977 during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, which compared the monarchy to a “fascist regime” and claimed “there is no future in England’s dreaming”.

Speaking to the Guardian last year Mr Lydon said he now felt “sorrow” for the Royal Family.

Mr Lydon claimed: “My feeling about the Royal Family is one of sorrow.

“I’ve always felt they’re poor little birdies trapped in cages, gold cages, but they’re still entombed.”

The Sex Pistols’ regal themed punk anthem was controversial when released and was even banned by the BBC.

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However the song still topped the NME charts in the United Kingdom, and made it to Number Two in the official UK Singles Chart despite the ban.

Mr Lydon has drastically changed his political leaning in recent years, having backed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, before showing support for Donald Trump in the 2020 US Presidential Election.

Mr Lydon added in his Guardian interview: “I’d be daft as a brush not to [support Mr Trump].

“He’s the only sensible choice now that Biden is up – he’s incapable of being the man at the helm.”

However, speaking to Yahoo Music in 2017 on Mr Trump’s presidency, Mr Lydon said: “I think it’s deeply hilarious.

“I think he’s deeply confused and possibly deadly.”

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