Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten Reveals He Is His Wife's 'Full-Time Carer' After Her Alzheimer's Diagnosis
Though Forster's condition has worsened in recent years, Lydon said that it's "amazing" that his wife of 41 years "never ever forgets me" as they continue to reside in Venice, California.
“I am under lockdown anyway because I am her full-time carer," he said in reference to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "I don’t need to go out and socialize with buttholes."
Alzheimer's disease is most common type of dementia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The progressive disease affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language and can sometimes hinder a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
Lydon, who married Forster in 1979, first disclosed his wife's struggles with dementia during a radio interview in 2018. At the time, he said that Forster was in the "mid-stages of Alzheimer's."
"The stress is killing me," Lydon, who had been promoting his The Public Image Is Rotten documentary with his band Public Image Ltd, told Q104.9. "It's not just the work, but personal family issues of illnesses that are really, really serious to me."
In the interview, Lydon also touched on being a stepfather to Forster's daughter — The Slits singer Ari Up, who passed away in 2010 from breast cancer — and a guardian to the musician's three children.
"It's something I feel I was trained for. One of my jobs before the Pistols was looking after problem children," he said. "I'm a natural caregiver. I just can't help it."
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