John Lydon discusses wife’s Alzheimer’s battle and says she screams in public

Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has revealed his wife Nora Forster sometimes screams "he's trying to murder me" in public as she battles Alzheimer's Disease.

During an appearance on Loose Women on Wednesday, the 64-year-old singer opened up about how he is coping with being Nora's full-time carer.

Whilst smoking a cigarette, John spoke to the panel and explained just how difficult it can be at times.

"As soon as she sees crowds and flashing lights she goes into panic mode. She can end up saying dreadful things like 'He's trying to murder me'," he revealed.

"Complete strangers will automatically think they're helping by interfering. All manner of tensions can arise."

Asked by old friend – and panelist – Janet Street-Porter, 74, how he cares for himself, John replied: "I don't. I just don't.

"I've got really, really bad eyesight, deteriorating at an alarming pace. But I can't go anywhere to take care of that because I can't leave her alone."

Speaking live from their Los Angeles home, where it was 5am, he added: "With this virus floating around the way it is I can't be introducing the concept of that back to her when I come from a clinic.

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"Let alone try and go there with a chauffeur because I don't drive. Any way you look at it, it's a problem."

He added: "It's both physically and mentally demanding to the point where I get hardly any sleep ever but at least she's happy."

John, lead singer of 1970s punk band the Sex Pistols, married German Nora Forster in 1979.

The couple primarily live in Venice, California where they have resided since the early 1980s, but keep a residence in London as well.

John revealed in 2018 that his wife was in the mid-stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

In June 2020, he said that he had become full-time carer for his wife as her condition had been deteriorating.

"Nora has Alzheimer's… I am her full-time carer and I won't let anyone mess up with her," he said at the time.

"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?

"I suppose her condition is one of like a permanent hangover for her. It gets worse and worse, bits of the brain store less and less memory and then suddenly some bits completely vanish."

John said experts were impressed with how she remembers him saying "a bit of love goes a long way", and that he has no intentions to put her in a care home despite the strain her illness has on both their lives.

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