John Lyndon, also known as his stage name Johnny Rotten, has been a legendary singer-songwriter ever since he helped found the Sex Pistols in 1975. Although they had a brief career, they have been said to have forever changed the landscape of popular music. For their contributions to the entertainment industry, the punk rock band was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lyndon, now 65, has retired from performing to become a full-time caregiver for his wife, Nora Forster, whom he married in 1979. The German publishing heiress has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and Lyndon found one small way to bring his wife and national audiences “some great joy.”
Johnny Rotten Performs On ‘The Masked Singer’
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Last night’s episode of “The Masked Singer” featured the Group A Semi-Finals, which meant that two celebrities were unmasked. The first contestant to be voted off was the Jester. Many regarded the Jester’s costume as “creepy” although his first performance of “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper led judge Robin Thicke calling it the most “metal” performance in the show’s six-season history.
His second and final performance of Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow” had fans claiming it was anyone from KISS rocker Gene Simmons to comedian Russell Brand.
Thicke ultimately guessed that it was Alice Cooper. Judge Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg guessed Dee Snider. Judge Ken Jeong went with Roger Daltrey, and judge Nicole Scherzinger went with Sammy Hagar. Guest panelist Will.i.am went with Joe Elliot.
Instead, host Nick Cannon unmasked the Jester to reveal Lyndon himself, who explained that he appeared on the show because you “only got one life, and you must explore all the possibilities and be limited by no one for no reason.”
He also revealed that he mainly did the show for his wife, saying, “I hope that when my wife sees it, she’ll get it, or at least be entertained. Because I did it for my lovely Nora who’s currently suffering from Alzheimer’s, a disease that she’s never going to recover from and it’s slowly going to get worse. So, this should bring some great joy to her.”
A Love That Lasts
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When they first met, Forster was fifteen years his senior, and many had doubts that the relationship would last.
In a 2015 interview, he said, “Well, good luck to people that are flippant about their relationships and their responsibility towards their fellow human beings, but people like me and Nora, we spend the time and make the effort to understand each other. And that then it becomes a life’s work in progress. And for my way of living, that’s how I want it to be. I don’t take commitments lightly. I don’t treat fellow human beings as tools of my trade. So there you go — I’m a loyalist at heart.”
In an interview after his unmasking, Lyndon spoke more about what it was like to perform on the show with the thought of his wife in the back of his mind.
Saying that sometimes it’s hard because “the decline will always be there,” he says that the pair have “comedy in common” and hopes that when she watches the show, she “just bursts out laughing and goes ‘Ha, I’ve seen you do that!’ I did it with all the sense of fun and pathos I could bring into it, with, at the same time, having that constantly on my mind.”
The Jester wasn’t the only person unmasked last night. The Pepper was also unmasked during last night’s elimination to reveal this shocking pop princess.
“The Masked Singer” airs Wednesday nights on Fox.