John Lydon sleeps with wife’s ashes next to him saying ‘some might be horrified’

GMB: John Lydon emotional as he discusses wife's Alzheimers

Punk icon John Lydon, who became a star for his work with the Sex Pistols and later Public Image Limited, has revealed that he sleeps with his late wife Nora’s ashes every night.

Admitting that some people might find it somewhat disconcerting he explained his reasoning.

He said: “Her spirit is in me, and it always will be. Some people might be horrified but she was cremated, and I sleep with her ashes next to the bed.

“I find it gives me incredible comfort. It’s really, really lovely,” he said in an interview with The New Cue.

Nora died at the age of 80 in April after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease during which time John became her devoted caregiver.

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The couple first met at Vivienne Westwood’s clothing store, Sex, on Kings Road in Chelsea in 1975 and had been together ever since.

The sad news of her death was announced on John’s official Twitter account alongside a touching picture of the couple.

The statement said: “It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that Nora Forster – John Lydon’s wife of nearly 5 decades – has passed away.

“Nora had been living with Alzheimer’s for several years. In which time John had become her full time carer.

“Please respect John’s grief and allow him space. Rest in Peace Nora. Heart felt condolences to John from Rambo and all at PiL Official.”

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John had entered the National Song contest in Ireland this year with the hopes of representing the country in Eurovision with a song called Hawaii, which was written about dealing with Nora’s deterioration, but he lost to Wild Youth with their track We Are One.

However, it seems she wasn’t a fan of the track which features on the new album from PIL.

“This is an album that Nora really, really loved,” he said. “I loved to share it with her.”

“It thrilled her, some of these songs excited her no end. Hawaii wasn’t one of them!”

Asked why, he revealed: “Well, because it’s about dying and she wasn’t prepared to accept that.”

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