In an interview with Billboard, Sex Pistols singer John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, talked about his performance in a reality competition named The Masked Singer. The vocalist explained why he chose to participate in the show and perform an Alice Cooper song.
As you probably know, John Lydon has been going through a rough patch with the remaining Sex Pistols members. He sued the guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook for harming the band’s reputation by agreeing to a documentary series named ‘Pistol.’ It was disclosed that Lydon lost the case after a month and thus, couldn’t prevent the documentary from being made.
Unfortunately, Lydon’s conflict with his band members is not the only problem he is dealing with these days. The musician has been with his wife Nora Forster for 42 years, and he revealed in 2018 that she was diagnosed with dementia, which highly impacted their lives. He stated that the disease progressed so quickly that they didn’t even know about the first symptoms.
John has always shown his support and love for his wife. In several interviews, he expressed how painful it was to accept that Alzheimer’s is incurable and shared the challenging aspects of being his wife’s full-time caregiver. During this difficult period, Lydon got an exciting offer and decided to appear in a show to lift his wife’s spirits.
The musician appeared in the famous reality competition The Masked Singer, in which each contestant is masked and can only dismask after being eliminated from the show. John Lydon put on a jester costume and performed Alice Cooper’s ‘School’s Out‘ but was eliminated by the judges.
However, the audience was deeply surprised when he took off his mask because he is Sex Pistols’ John Lydon. Later in an interview, he expressed that he wanted to cheer up Nora by participating in the show. He hoped it would be fun for her to watch, and thus, he could once again help his partner during these difficult times.
Here is how Lydon explained why he participated in the show:
“Someone contacted my manager, and we discussed it, and I thought it would be really good because it meant my lovely wife, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, might get a great sense of fun out of it if she managed to guess who it was.
We’ve lived together for 47 years, Nora and I, so she must have some clues as to who I am and what I can get up to.”
You can watch John Lydon performing ‘School’s Out’ in the show below.