John Lydon reflects on providing full-time care for wife Nora

‘She goes into panic mode’: Sex Pistols rocker John Lydon reveals his wife Nora screams ‘he’s trying to murder me’ when out in public as she battles Alzheimer’s

Former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon has admitted he has been struggling to care for his wife Nora, who is stricken with Alzheimer’s.

The punk legend acts as full-time carer for Nora, his wife of 42-years, as she battles the degenerative condition, for which there is no cure. 

Speaking on Wednesday’s Loose Women, John, 64, explained that he can rarely go out in public with his beloved wife as she ‘panics’ and starts screaming ‘he’s trying to murder me’ about her husband.   

Difficulties: Former Sex Pistols singer John Lydon admits he is struggling to look after himself while providing round the clock care for his beloved wife Nora, who is stricken with Alzheimer’s

‘She can’t travel. To take Babby through an airport is just not ever going to happen. As soon as she sees crowds, flashing lights, she goes into panic mode and can end up saying dreadful things like, “He’s trying to murder me!'”‘ he told the ITV show.

‘Complete strangers will automatically think they are helping by interfering. All manner of tensions will arise.’ 

Appearing remotely from his Los Angeles home on Loose Women, John, who is struggling with poor eyesight, talked about the inevitable demands that come with caring for his wife, which prevent him from taking care of himself.  

‘I don’t. I just don’t. I have really bad eyesight, it is deteriorating at an alarming pace but I can’t go anywhere to take care of that because I can’t leave her alone,’ he explained.

Responsibility: The punk legend acts as full-time carer for Nora, his wife of 42-years, as she battles the degenerative condition, for which there is no cure (the couple are pictured in 2017)

‘And with this virus floating around the way it is , I can’t introduce the concept of that back to her when I come from a clinic, let alone try and go there with a chauffeur ’cause I don’t drive. Any way you look at it, it’s a problem.’ 

The singer admitted Nora, 78 – affectionately referred to as Babby – has become increasingly dependent on him since being diagnosed with the condition several years ago, and harbours concern regarding alternative care when he finally returns to work. 

He explained: ‘I tried the nurses and she does not get on with them, she only trusts me. It was a forgone conclusion that I had to take this deeply personal care and affection for her. 

Tough task: John, now 64 and struggling with poor eyesight, admits the inevitable demand that comes with assisting with his wife during the mid-stages of the illness prevents him from taking care of himself

‘I don’t know what this is going to be like by the time in August when I have to go out on tour. I will have to slowly but surely introduce the concept of carers to her. It is both physically and mentally demanding to the point where I get no sleep hardly at all ever but at least she is happy.’

Reflecting on his wife’s love of comedy, Johnny admitted homegrown comedies have provided welcome relief for the couple.

He said: ‘Nora has always had an incredible sense of humour, and I have got to say British comedies, thank you Britbox, really keeps us together. It’s a giggle fest. 

‘People who know me know I like humour.  

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV. Catch up on the ITV Hub.

Close: John and his wife, Nora have been married for 41 years (pictured together in 2001)

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